One usually rembembers good friends who have had a powerful impact on one's life on occassion of his birthday or passing day. But for a totally random day, I remember the late, great Günter Blümlein
Passing well before his time in 1 October 2000, born 21 March 1943 in Nuremberg, Blümlein had an immense and very powerful impact on the watchmaking industry, and to the his customers (like me) and staff. Many of those who worked for and with him, still carry on his philosophy and remember him with great fondness.
Photographed, in Glashutte December 6, 2013. On a page of my book "A. Lange & Sohne: The Pour le Meite Collection" dedicated to Blümlein, published 2010. Lange 1 Lumen, announced SIHH 2013 on a photograph of Blumlein and the late Jutta Lange.
The Lange 1 was and is truly an iconic timepiece created by Blümlein, assymetric when it was unusual to have watch dials which were so, and featuring an outsized date.
Photographed, circa 1999 at the Lange booth in BaselWorld 1999.