Humm, who was born in Switzerland, is the executive chef at Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad Hotel in New York City. The son of an architect, he applied the principles of structure and design, inherited from his father, to his own passion of cooking. After working at many of Switzerland’s finest hotels and restaurants, he moved to the United States in 2003 and took the reins at Eleven Madison Park in 2006. He received his first Michelin star in 2009 and four stars in the New York Times and the James Beard award for “Best Chef New York City” in 2010. Eleven Madison Park was named “Outstanding Restaurant in America” in 2011.
His appreciation for fine timepieces, and the Blancpain brand in particular, was kindled in his days as a young chef in Zurich, passing by the windows of the watch shops on the city’s famed Bahnhofstrasse. Today, he says, he alternates between wearing a Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon — the first wristwatch with a one-minute flying tourbillon — and his other favorite, the Blancpain Villeret Chronograph.
“My Blancpain watches truly represent who I am,” Humm said. “They are both classic and modern, sporty and elegant, and, of course, Swiss.”
There was one other watch presented at the event, following dessert: Blancpain’s new Women’s Chronograph Grande Date, which will be formally introduced at Baselworld 2013.