Thank you, Alex, for this excerpt from the "horse," Messr. Kauffman, but especially for the link to the entire, fascinating interview. There were some very penetrating questions, save perhaps the last one, and I was quite absorbed by it all. Particularly the concept of "designing for women." I struggle myself with this idea, as I feel that really good design, whether it be for transport, hospitality, or personal use, should naturally appeal to all sexes (notice I didn't write "both" sexes). Of course, I acknowledge femininity and masculinity, but what interests me most is the intersection between what is considered stereotypically feminine and what is considered stereotypically masculine: androgyny. I think this is where universally appealing design actually resides. Of all the landmarks of great design, whether it be in nature (e.g., the nautilus shell, the chicken egg, snowflakes) or human made (e.g., intarsia in the Taj Mahal, the first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, the iPhone), how many of these could one characterise as being "for women" and "for men?" I wonder how to reconcile this theory of androgyny to modern western civilization's dictates of what is suitable for use by women and men. Clearly, objects are feminised and masculinised. Many of these objects strike me as being of less than great design, however. Thus, though appreciative of the challenges Vacheron Constantin may face in creating a product line specifically geared towards women, since the Maison is not a jeweller per se, I question the validity of designing one line of watches for women, and another for men. Haven't we evolved past the time of shrunken "men's" watches slathered in gems, labeled "the ladies' collection?" Is the 40+ mm diameter, 14+ mm thick, rugged amulet the best we can design for men? There must be a middle way of watch design with all the timelessness and beauty and handsomeness of a well-bound book, an Eero Saarinen Pedestal Collection table, a carefully folded paper airplane. Something that is not created just for women to use or only for men. These are some of the things that ran through my mind after reading the thought-providing interview with Vacheron Constantin's Director of Design.