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Your Charriol Watch is Helping Someone Graduate

Help send young women to school with these steel beauties.
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You may not know it but Charriol, makers of popular cable bangles, also makes watches for men. They’ve taken their signature steel cables and transformed them into watch straps for something like the Alexandre C, a design that tows the line between adornment and utility.

Okay, the Alexandre C is more like jewelry than watch, and that’s fine. It may just be what you need right now, an antidote to all the big and serious slabs of metal you see on the wrists of many other men. Observe: Its watch strap is made of six rows of very slender twisted steel cables. That’s technical-grade stainless steel in the Celtic design that contributes to the comfortable and supple quality of wearing a Charriol bracelet or watch. In other words, they’re different and beautiful.

Founder Philippe Charriol, himself, wore an Alexandre C with an inky blue cable strap on his recent visit to Manila. The watch, with its coin-like case and winding steel, looked like wrist candy, but was still very much suited for the gentleman. (He said he liked the Alexandre because it coordinated with the powder blue shirt under his tan suit.)  

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In town for his company’s Watch Me Graduate campaign, Charriol celebrated his partnership with The Foundation for Professional Training, Inc. (FPTI), a do-gooder organization that provides education to young women through a network of schools and centers such as the Punlaan School in San Juan. He also personally congratulated a group of graduates who have now established themselves in top hotels and restaurants.

FPTI has, in fact, seen 4,000 graduates since June 2016, and hopes to help more women achieve their dreams with the support of the global company and lovers of watches. Until May 31 of this year, Charriol will donate P1,000 pesos to FPTI for every purchase of its timepieces, including those sweet-looking Alexandre Cs and other watch models for men or women.

To help, said Charriol, is “free from the heart,” and, said one happy graduate, “to dream is free.”

Charriol is at Bonifacio High Street Central, Gateway Mall, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Podium, Power Plant Mall, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Manila, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma, and 158 Designers’ Boulevard.

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Dean and Deluca kitchen manager Vilyn So, Punlaan School students Bianca Nuñez and Nanette Morano, Philippe Charriol, Peninsula Manila banquet coordinator Danica Barbasa, Holland America Cruiseline dining attendant Mary Jane Suñer, and Punlaan School assistant for training Lorielyn Santos

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