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Our Vision - December 2018

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GPHG AWARDS EXCELLENCE

SPECIAL TRIBUTE


The Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) paid a special tribute to 45 years of an outstanding contribution to the watch industry, by awarding Jean-Claude Biver the Prix Special du Jury, for his career and his outstanding contribution to the Swiss watch industry.

Mr. Aurel Bacs, President of the jury handed Mr. Jean-Claude Biver the prize, quoting Jean-Claude Biver by saying “all you need is love!”. “44 years, and probably the greatest emotion tonight” said Biver, very moved after receiving a standing ovation from the audience. Jean-Claude Biver said he was only the depositary for this prize, and that this tribute belonged to his “garde rapprochée”, people he’s been working with during his career and that allowed him to “climb to the top of the mountain”.

Born in Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Biver moved to Switzerland with his family when he was ten years old. After studying in Lausanne, he settled in the Joux Valley. His time spent in the Joux Valley, the cradle of fine watchmaking, had a decisive impact on his life. After multiple experiences in the fields of marketing, commercial and product development, which enabled him to acquire a deep knowledge of the watchmaking art, he further developed his passion for watchmaking and watchmakers. In a long and illustrious career he has worked across a plethora of brands, ensuring exceptional performance. In September 2018, after this extraordinary career spanning over 40 years in watchmaking, Jean-Claude Biver decided, in agreement with the LVMH Group – to relinquish his operational responsibilities and assume the role of non executive Chairman of the LVMH watchmaking division.