My First Grail Watch: Eric Giroud

My First Grail Watch: Eric Giroud

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Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch". In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Eric Giroud is among the most influential modern Swiss watch designers. He has created designs for innovative high-end watch brands such as MB&F, MCT, Harry Winston, and more.

ABlogtoWatch (ABTW):Who are you and what is your relationship to the watch industry?

Eric Giroud (EG): I am the owner and designer of Through the Looking Glass.

ABTW: What was your first grail watch?

EG: F.P Journe – Chronomètre à Résonance.

ABTW: What did you like so much about the watch?

EG: This watch carries some poetry and mystery which fascinates me. It is unique in its approach regarding the movement. It is almost mystical for me….

ABTW: Was there ever a time in your life when you could afford it?

EG: It has not yet crossed my mind….

ABTW: But do you still hope to find it one day?

EG: Yes - I would like to posses and understand the watch. In the meantime, it's something that makes us dream.

2 comments
realfinks
realfinks

I'm a peasant about most high end watches.  My first grail watch was a Tag Heuer Link Chronograph Automatic.  I probably saw the Bourne Identity too many times.  After buying it for my 40th birthday, I became disenchanted.  I am now the proud owner of a Longines Hydroconquest Automatic (Sport), Baume and Mercier Capeland S Chronograph Automatic (Work), and an Ebel Brasilia Automatic (Dress), all on a bracelet.  At this point, if I were asked to pick a grail watch, I would probably buy a Zenith El Primero.  That's as high brow as I go.  Guys like this and the watches they buy overwhelm me.  Clearly, I'm out of my league.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Cryptic interview... but beautiful timepiece. After Googling it, I noticed auction prices of $40K US. I would have thought they would sell for a lot more.