He’s a man to be reckoned with. With his imposing height of over two meters, athletic build, and big, powerful hands, Carsten Petersen is an imposing figure. He was born on the North Sea island of Föhr as the son of a skilled farmer who also ran a coach rental business. He looks like a man who could successfully pursue both of these professions. But in fact, Petersen has devoted himself for decades to very small things: watches and the perfect interplay of hundreds of parts, most of them very tiny and delicate, in their mechanical movements. Petersen developed his passion for timepieces and the technology that drives them when he was a young boy growing up in the northern German city of Lübeck, where his grandfather had a watchmaking business. In the workshop next to the showroom, Petersen spent his happiest vacations as a child.
“At the age of six I was already determined to become a watchmaker,” he recalls.