Sir Nick Faldo enthralled a specially invited audience with tales of his golf career at an exclusive evening hosted by luxury Swiss watch brand Jaermann & Stübi - the Timepiece of Golf.
Held at Urban Golf, in Kensington, the evening also gave guests - including familiar faces from the worlds of media and commerce - the opportunity to learn more about the limited-edition Jaermann & Stübi watches crafted from the very golf clubs that powered Faldo to victory at the 1997 Los Angeles Open - now the Northern Trust Open - at Riviera CC, his last tournament win as a professional golfer.
Just a couple of months out from the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Faldo regaled his audience with tales from the 1997 event where he was captained by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, and also gave a fascinating insight into his Major victories.
And, during a question-and-answer session hosted by Sky Sports presenter Sarah Stirk, Faldo explained how sales of the limited-edition Jaermann & Stübi Faldo Series 1 watch will contribute an impressive $72,000 to the development of the Faldo Series - a non-profit organisation he established in 1996 to help identify and nurture the next generation of golfers.
Appropriately, there are only 72 pieces of the limited edition Faldo Series 1 watch available, each watch is priced at £18,200 each.
In addition to the historic and nostalgic significance, which would appeal to all golf fans, the watch also possesses some unique golfing functionality, patented by Jaermann & Stübi. These include mechanisms for recording the strokes per hole and per round, and the ability to compare scores against handicap. The sophisticated nature of the golf counter system can be compared to a mechanical chronograph with movement protected from impact by an in-built shock absorber.
The Jaermann & Stübi brand focuses on high-quality chronometers with additional functionality for golfers and is the official licensee of St Andrews Links, the home of golf. The St Andrews Links range of course timers starts at £5,200.