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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.


Coordinator

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.


Experts

Carson Chan

Former Managing Director of Bonhams Auction Asia, consultant and collector, Hong Kong


An international business graduate of California State University, Carson Chan started his own company in Hong Kong, in 1997. In 2004 he was appointed General Manager Asia for Richard Mille, managing the Greater China and SE Asia market. In 2007, Carson established Bonhams Auction in Asia and became Managing Director Asia in Hong Kong. He led his team to open the Asia headquarters, held biannual auctions, and set up representative offices in Taipei, Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo.


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.