“My interest in watches was sparked by a Swatch Jelly I received for Christmas when I was 12 – being able to see the inner workings of the watch was mesmerising. I lived and breathed skateboarding as a youngster, inspired by its Californian lifestyle and counter-culture influences. A few years later Swatch actually became one of my skate sponsors and, as a Swatch-loving teenager I was overjoyed. Not only did they pay me to skate, but they also paid me to wear their watches and gave me free ones.
I went on to attend Central Saint Martins in the early-1990s; it was a hotbed of talent and ambition. During this period I also worked as a model, participating in runways shows and ad campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood. I used the income from this to fulfill my childhood ambition of becoming a racing driver, taking lessons and working my way through various championships. I drove everything from single-seaters to semi-works Porsches.