Cultural Council – Training

The transfer of knowledge, through training, is a matter of great importance to fine watchmaking. It preserves essential skills and guarantees its long-term future.

Fine watches' highly specific characteristics demand equally specific training. This applies to production, which is often typically Swiss, but also distribution and sales on an international scale.


Aurélie Streit

Training Manager at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, coordinator for the Cultural Council

Logistics engineer Aurélie Streit served as logistics manager for Sowind group, before spending four years as project organisation manager at Audemars Piguet. She then joined Piaget as marketing project manager for customer service. Since 2014 Aurélie has been training manager at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, in charge of developing the Foundation's various training programmes.


Carson Chan

FHH Head of Mission, Greater China, consultant and collector, Hong Kong

An international business graduate of California State University, Carson Chan started his own company in 1997, Hong Kong. In 2004 he was appointed General Manager for Richard Mille Asia, managing the Greater China and SE Asia market. In 2007, Carson established Bonhams Auction in Asia and became Managing Director Asia. In 2014 he was appointed FHH Ambassador and spearheaded the FHH activities throughout Asia. Today, Carson’s role as the Head of Mission FHH not only allow him to be at the forefront of the industry but it also a platform for him to share his passion in horology with like minded people.

Maarten Pieters

Director of Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program (WOSTEP)

Maarten Pieters worked for a number of years as a watchmaker, restorer and prototypist for complicated watches. In 1998 he took the head of the High-End department and Restoration department for a major watch brand. Since 2003, Maarten has been managing director of the WOSTEP Foundation (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program), the reference in education and training for watchmakers.

Gianfranco Ritschel

Trainer and consultant in watchmaking, Switzerland

After a successful career as a watchmaker with several major brands, including Rolex, Gianfranco Ritschel turned his attention to a different aspect of watches: marketing. Between 1992 and 1994, he served as marketing and sales manager at Piaget Switzerland. He then moved to Bucherer as branch director, becoming a member of the management team and, at the same time, director for watches at Bucherer Group. From 2004 to 2008, Gianfranco developed the Swiss branch of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard. Since 2009 he has been active as a trainer and consultant.