How do the martial arts help you in your professional life?
The martial arts are very important to me, they give me the seven values of Bushido, and they help me in my daily life. They have taught me discipline, respect, and have helped to give me mental accuracy.
You spar with Revolution’s US editor, Keith Strandberg, each week. What do you like about it?
Sparring once a week keeps me fit. I am an excessive person, always pushing the limits of everything I do, but thanks to this training, I cannot eat too much or drink too much, because I know that if I want to last 10 rounds with Keith, I need to train and take care of myself. I have been doing martial arts for over 40 years and I am fitter today than I have ever been.
When I was younger the martial arts really helped me. I have a first degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, and a fifth Dan in Kyokushinkai Karate. This training has taught me to focus. You really have to concentrate when fighting, or you’ll end up getting kicked or punched.
When you meet someone for the first time and they ask you to explain Artya, what do you say?
Firstly, I would be very disappointed that they hadn’t heard of the brand already! Then, I would explain that there are over 700 Swiss watch brands, but that Artya is something quite different; we don’t really have any competition. An Artya timepiece is a piece of art that you wear on your wrist. We only make unique pieces or very limited series of watches, and we do it in a way that no one has ever done in the 400 years of watchmaking history.