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Ottoman Inspired watches by Peter Tanisman

Ottoman Inspired watches by Peter Tanisman

Bedros Tanisman was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1958 as the son of a Grand Bazaar Jewellery maker.

At the age of 11, he started designing jewellery from scrap coins and jewell pieces at his fathers jewellery shop in the famous Grand Bazaar. His father was encouraged and impressed by his talent and in a short time stood out from his jewellery colleagues in Grand Bazaar and made a name for himself as a sought-after designer.

To get more exposure in the design world, he moved to Geneva beginning of 1980s where he founded a jewellery/watchmaking workshop which has played a leading role in the sector for over 25 years.

He has been making jewellery and watch boxes for the industry’s big brands. Eventually the desire to design his own timepieces became too strong. In 2008 Bedros Tanisman met Alain Cao who, armed with over 20 years’ experience in leading manufactures, guaranteed him of perfect mastery in terms of production. The rest was to follow shortly after with the creation of Peter Tanisman brand in October 2008 and the first timepieces – seven models in five different versions – that were presented on the market.

Its first models soon caught the eye of the watchmaking milieu, and the Ottoman Empire inspired Carrousel ladies’ model was immediately nominated for the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève.

An Aston Martin in Peter Tanisman’s colours

Close to his stand at the GTE, Peter Tanisman will be exhibiting an Aston Martin DBRS9 in the brand’s colours following the recently signed agreement with Thomas Accary. This official Aston Martin racing car driver drives a DBRS9 on the circuits of the European Championship GT3 FIA. In 2010 he will be ambassador for the watchmaking brand. It is fortunate that such an ambassador, who will be wearing the colours of the brand, is also a friend. His victories include the titles of Vice Champion in 2008 and 2009.

Making people dream – that’s what Bedros Tanisman’s job is all about. But Bedros has his own dream “from middle-east to far east, from Moscow to United States, I want every rich and the elite to have a Turkish designed Peter Tanisman watch on their wrists, Turkey needs more global exposure and I will get this done through my watches” he says.

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