10 Aug, 2017

FridayPiday: Alex Greenspun (Rowan, 2019)

10 Aug, 2017

Brother Alex Greenspun will soon start in the Patek Philippe Horology Programme, a highly selective, two-year watchmaking school in New York.

Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss watchmaking company that has produced some of the world’s most valuable watches and complicated movements since 1851.

Located in New York at the Rockefeller Center, the program is just the second of its kind outside of Geneva, Switzerland. Of hundreds of applicants, only six are accepted every two years. Inaugurated in 2015, the fully comprehensive in-house training program focuses on advanced theory and practice of fine watchmaking. It aims to produce the next generation of skilled watch technicians in the U.S. 

An engineering student and Founding Father of the Gamma Upsilon colony at Rowan University, Brother Greenspun has been obsessed with horology and timepieces ever since his father passed down a silver pocket watch that has been in the family for generations.

After receiving the piece he began to wind it, amazed to see the second hand start sweeping. Since then, Brother Greenspun knew he wanted to be able to construct something beautifully intricate yet durable enough to work after more than 125 years.

“It still had the same heartbeat. From that moment on, I knew that watchmaking was for me.”

Facing a difficult decision to separate himself half way through college from friends and brothers by moving to New York, he expressed his appreciation for his brothers support.

“AEPi was a huge part of my maturation in college. The brotherhood means so much to me and affected me so much. The amount of support I got from my brothers to fulfill my dreams means the world to me.”

After completing his training, Brother Greenspun looks forward to a long career with Patek Philippe as a skilled watchmaker.

Media courtesy of Patek Philippe and CBS.

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