A range of reports and anecdotes form Patrick Hohmann, founder of Werenbach.
Astronauts have achieved something so few humans have, experiencing first-hand a new perspective of our planet. A new perspective – a new way of seeing the world – a new way of thinking. And it is a new mindset we ourselves can learn.
Space changes people. It shifts their mindset – shifts their boundaries – shifts their worldview. And it is from this principle that I have made the ideology of Werenbach, and one which has strongly influenced the company's development.
On April 23, 2017 the German TV station Pro 7 broadcasted a documentary on Galileo. This documentary shows how a rocket is recovered in the Kazakh steppe.
On our first two visits to Kazakhstan in 2012, we never even made it near the exclusion zone.
On 3rd August, motorcyclist Urs Pederita set out on his attempt to break a world record. On his wrist? A Werenbach watch. The challenge? To make it round the world on his motorbike in less than 20 days.
On 23rd January, 2013, Andrea Duttweiler, Marco Vannotti and Patrick Hohmann founded the company Werenbach in Zürich-Hottingen, Switzerland.
It barely seemed real. Even as I signed the contract, it was difficult to imagine that the truck carrying the rocket parts would ever actually make it to Switzerland.
The second journey to Kazakhstan took place eight months after the first. The intervening period had been unfruitful in terms of getting the material to Switzerland.
A watch made from a space rocket… For two years, this idea gnawed away at me at all hours of the day and night.
It was on a warm April weekend. I had to release the stress from a hard working week and went jogging in the woods.
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