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Tennis: duManège signs Conny Perrin! our interview "Question de Temps"

DuManège celebrates its partnership with Swiss tennis champion Conny Perrin by offering a numbered edition of twenty-six pieces. The brand is the only one to sport "La Chaux-de-Fonds" on its dials. The launch is due on June 30, 2016. 

By Joel Grandjean

She hasn’t turned thirty, yet she is already a champion. Neuchâtel-born Conny Perrin kicked off the season by winning her first WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) tournament.

26 signed timepieces

She is 229th in the world rankings (143th for doubles) and she is determined to qualify for her first Grand Slam. Until then, she will partake in the launching of the 26-piece edition signed by herself at the Vieux Manège in La Chaux-de-Fonds. DuManège was founded by designer Julien Fleury and is renowned for its balanced pieces and its proportional aesthetics, which celebrate all forms of architectural expression.

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In fact, architecture is of significant importance for the city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As a matter of fact, the brand’s headquarters is on rue du Vieux Manège, from which it borrowed its name and which is a tribute to one of the most important architects in the watchmaking metropolis.

As the only watchmaking brand to display "La Chaux-de-Fonds" on its dial, duManège has built a whole program around the city as its select few suppliers and co-contractors favor local excellence. It is not only a commitment but also an ode to craftsmanship, to attention to detail, and to pleasant gestures. And that indeed is just what our meeting with Perrin was like.

So Conny Perrin, when was the first time?
It was on Christmas in the heights of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Are you a punctual person?
I always aim to be because I do not like to be late.

On what occasion do you remember being so late that you were embarrassed?
Once, I went to a math’s test in secondary school with pigeon dropping on my head! I didn’t want to be late, so instead of going back home, I made my way to school. Of course, all my friends found that very funny.

Was there a time when you were either late or early thereby preventing you from the worst possible outcome?
Not to my recollection.

The memory of a blessed or privileged moment...
Well, I think that life in general is a blessed and very privileged moment.

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What was your longest day ever?

Since I travel so often, I sometimes face complications such as canceled or postponed flights, and sometimes I also miss connecting flights. Having said that, travelling to Australia takes very long.

Apart from a watch, what is the design that you consider the most timeless?
The sky.

Name the personal object you wish would stay forever as it is.
My camera because it’s got all my life memories.

What type of time-consuming activity do you dread the most?
Lateness and negative people.

If someone had to tell you the story of time, what would you prefer: a book, a proverb or a favorite saying?
"Live like tomorrow will never come".

Which book have you taken the longest to read or have not managed to finish?
I particularly like Paulo Coelho's books, they are very spiritual. I always make time to read them and even take notes.

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Your first recollection that lasted for quite some time?
A snowstorm.

Which moments do you wish would last forever?
Childhood because children are innocent and their world is so different to the adult world.

Do you ever cry? If so, when was the last time you thought you would not be able to stop?
The loss of a loved one.

What do you think is the difference between time and eternity?
We can measure time but not eternity.

Your first watch?
A Flick Flack.

A watch in your life?
As a tennis player, I am ambassador of duManège watches. And tennis and watchmaking are both very competitive fields.

And receive each week a custom selection of articles.

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