One of my many factory tours took me to the former Soviet territory of East Germany. West Germany, with the strongest economy in Europe, was investing in East Germany….at that time, the weakest economy in Europe. Watchmaking was one of the industries to benefit from this. As soon as I arrived, I met a man I would be friends with to this day.
On my right is Klaus Grentrup. He introduced us to Glashütte Original and helped to translate for us with the German owners. Eventually, the Swatch Group purchased Glashütte Original and on the right, slightly blurred, is Steve Cohen our US brand manager.