This morning, I watched an ANC show featuring Switzerland, and was immediately drawn to the story of Chopard, a company which joins Rolex and Patek Philippe among the amazingly independent Swiss luxury watch manufacturers known to the world.
The passion in creating quality and innovative watches while staying true to the roots of how it all started—handwork—struck me and made me think about all the time and precision and love that go into assembling a single Chopard watch. It was refreshing to know that something that has become seemingly rarified overtime remains simple and of such ‘human’ value. It is so rare to find products right now which have been thoughtfully and intricately ‘made’ by a human being for use of another. Glamour, glitz, and red carpet celebrities aside, I’d like to think that companies like Chopard continue to exist because, through the years, it has never lost track of who it is, and of the handmade art that every single person of its workshop is able to share to the world.
Although the hands on every watch these artists make today will stop someday, the gift of attention and passion they put into it will remain timeless.
Likewise, I always wish that I am giving part of myself away with each craft I do. Unmindful of time and matters of great consequences when I am sewing or baking or quilling or simply making a card, I know that I was given the gift of creativity and inspiration to make someone else smile. After all, are we not all here to make happiness ‘happen’ for us and for the people around us?
With handmade love,