Audemars Piguet ambassador and Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid a two day visit to the Manufacture in Le Brassus before starting his 23rd consecutive season.
His visit included the Audemars Piguet Museum followed by a tour in the Manufacture des Forges where he spent time in various ateliers including the Specialities and Grand Complications. He also got the chance to ‘test and train’ his hand–eye coordination outside the field as he was guided to assemble the 3090 Audemars Piguet calibre which he successfully made it start beating strong.
“I was very happy to visit the Audemars Piguet Manufacture again as well as the magnificent Vallée de Joux. I always enjoy spending time in the workshops listening to the watchmakers talk about how they make the different parts of the watch I am wearing. They are all incredibly passionate about their profession and that is what I can associate with. Of course, the part of the visit that really got my heart pumping was when I was given a movement to assemble. Watchmaking is a highly skilled craft and I feel privileged to have been able to be part of it even more so this year that Audemars Piguet celebrates 40 years since the birth of its iconic model. I feel immensely proud and honoured that one of the unique pieces displayed in the Royal Oak 40 years exhibition is the limited edition bearing my name” said Sachin after his visit in Le Brassus.
Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsmen, and will probably remain the only one, to score one hundred hundreds at international level when he scored his 100th century in March 2012. His nearest challenger on the all-time list is Australia’s Ricky Ponting who has 29 less centuries. Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful cricketer in history, with over 15’400 runs to his name in Test matches and 18’400 in One-Day Internationals. In April 2011, he won the World Cup with the Indian team.
Sachin is a particularly keen devotee of Haute Horlogerie and proudly wears Royal Oak – – and Royal Oak Offshore watches – -. He perfectly embodies the Audemars Piguet brand philosophy “to break the rules, you must first master them”.