I don’t want to start producing dressing gowns and cuff links with the Purdey name stamped on them. Making Purdey the leading gunmaker is our priority. Once we have succeeded in doing that, then we might look at some accessories, but it is a long haul.
I just want to be master of my own time. It is ironic that someone in the watch business should not be in control of his time.
It is not just disposable income but whether people feel good about their immediate future that drives sales. It is this feel-good factor that drives the purchases more and more than mere economic wealth.
Trends carry on forever, until they stop. I want to be around after things come to a standstill. As a result, I tend to be pretty conservative.
When I tell my colleagues that I remember 1969, 1974 and 1987, their eyes glaze over, but I’m afraid I do remember them, and I therefore err on the side of caution.