Riddle me this… Mark Daniel
Riddle gets up close and personal with the man behind the watch brand Valour Watch Company, founder and MD, Mark DanielArticle Rupert Watkins
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
The short answer is yes, but of course the path to get to market has been a difficult one with many unexpected challenges along the way. You will always know more the further down the track you pursue something and of course hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the end of the day, I think not knowing what lies ahead is what makes the process interesting.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always protect the downside.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
When I was working on a secret aeronautical project that I couldn’t talk about for three years, a weird rumour did surface that I was involved in developing some type of time travel research machine. It was rather amusing then but I guess now it would actually have some relevance being that I am in the watch industry… in relation to the time aspect anyway.
What was your biggest break?
When I was offered the role as lead engineer on a vertical takeoff and landing personal flight device project. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came rather early in my career and was a position that really gave me unlimited opportunities to develop as an engineer and at the same time have an incredible amount of fun.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
There is always an element of luck needed in whatever you try to do but I am a believer that the harder you work the luckier you tend to be.
What’s most important in your life?
What other watch brands do you admire?
I tend to admire the ones that do things a little differently. To this end, I like brands such as URWERK, Greubel Forsey and MB&F. I think the British brands of Bremont and Schofield are really interesting as well and I do like the way in which they have built their companies from the ground up.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Zinfandel red wine.
Describe your personal sense of style.
I think that the best description for my style would be ‘smart casual’. I generally like to keep it simple but respectable; however, when comes to watches I tend to like wearing something a little unusual.