Le Brassus, 26 March 2014 – Sir Nick Faldo is pleased to announce that golfers Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Victor Dubuisson (France), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) and Peter Uihlein (USA) will join the famous Audemars Piguet golf team. This team, which is made up of exceptional golfers who dominate their discipline, epitomises the manufacture’s philosophy: "To break the rules, you must first master them".
"Passion, precision and rigour are the intrinsic values of golf, as well as watchmaking," emphasises François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, a golfer himself and former international champion. "We are proud to be able to team up with passionate, exceptional golfers who master their discipline and work tirelessly to constantly push their limits."
Sir Nick Faldo belongs to an elite circle of living golf legends. Former world number one and boasting six major championships, this Briton has also earned the most points in Ryder Cup history. With his impeccable swing, Sir Nick Faldo has left his mark on the history of golf and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Known for the finesse of his game, he became the manufacture's first ambassador in 1988. Royal Oak editions were produced bearing his name in 1992, 1997 and 2002. He has remained very active in the field of golf: he is a TV analyst, award-winning golf course designer and founder of the Faldo Series, an international junior circuit for which Audemars Piguet is a partner.
Henrik Stenson, who is currently ranked third in the world, has probably the most effective iron play of all golfers. Born in 1976 in Göteborg in Sweden, a man of good taste and pinpoint precision, Henrik always displays a rare sense of elegance. Nicknamed “The Iceman”, thanks to his nerves of steel, he was the undisputed Player of the Year in 2013, winning three tournaments and receiving the honour of becoming the first golfer ever to win the USA’s FedExCup and Europe’s Race to Dubai in the same year.
Born in 1990, Victor Dubuisson possesses all the necessary characteristics to make him a true musketeer of golf: style, audacity and talent. This French iconoclast turned pro four years ago and is arguably one of the most talented golfers of his generation. In late 2013, he won the Turkish Airlines Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour. In early 2014, he made an unforgettable impression by reaching the final of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona. Experts agree that an extremely promising future lies ahead of him.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat is one of the most talented golfers on the Asian Tour. Born in Bangkok in 1989, he displays a friendly smile in all circumstances. After achieving great success in the Juniors, this motorsport lover stole the spotlight in 2013 with his brilliant win at the Maybank Malaysian Open along with top-five finishes on seven other occasions. He ended the 2013 season as winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Peter Uihlein has winning in his blood. Born in 1989, this young American embodies the newest generation of powerful, athletic and technical golfers. Peter turned professional in 2012 and headed to Europe, a brave decision that quickly paid off. He won his first European Tour title in 2013 – also his first as a pro - and was subsequently named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, thus becoming the first American to win this prestigious award.
These players are joining the Audemars Piguet golf ambassadors Dream Team that includes Keegan Bradley, Bud Cauley, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Graeme McDowell, Belén Mozo, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. They will sport one of the six new Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm watches, which boast a sculptural aesthetic that is more technical than that of previous models, notably featuring black ceramic crowns and push buttons. The 22-carat gold oscillating mass is now visible through the sapphire caseback, a window into 139 years of watchmaking mastery.