Business News Jean-Claude Biver Receives France’s Legion Of Honor
Jean-Claude Biver is a remarkable person of the watch business. That much is common information to perusers of this site and watch darlings around the globe. Recently in an authority service at the French consulate in Bern, Switzerland, the man liable for restoring Blancpain, building up the Hublot Big Bang, and putting Omega on the wrist of James Bond got the French Republic’s most noteworthy request of legitimacy .
An enthusiastic Biver said: “It is an amazing privilege for me and really satisfying to get this acknowledgment from France, the support of the possibility of extravagance. As a matter of first importance, I might want to commit this decoration and the acknowledgment it addresses to my groups who, since 1979, have followed and upheld me all through my vocation and have made such a triumph conceivable through their work, abilities, experience, vision and skill.” Biver got the honor encircled by his family at an occasion additionally went to by individuals from the Arnault family.
There have been not many professions in the watch business as productive and effective as that of Jean-Claude Biver, who started in watches at Audemars Piguet. Then, he was an instrumental figure in the mechanical watch renaissance at Blancpain, and afterward proceeded to carry a magnetic way to deal with business, promoting, and item improvement, during a vocation that contacted large numbers of the main marques in Switzerland, among them Omega, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith. Biver was likewise the top of the Watchmaking Division of the French extravagance bunch LVMH. During the entirety of this, Biver has been an energetic watch fan and authority, especially of Patek Philippe, which HODINKEE archived in a scene of Talking Watches.
Awarded to illuminating presences in their fields, the Legion of Honor, or Légion d’honneur, was set up in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and has been kept up by all ensuing French governments.
I review that one of the main occasions I met Jean-Claude Biver, from the get-go in my vocation, I was quickly struck by his strength as a narrator, an expertise that no uncertainty roused a large number of his workers as the years progressed. On the off chance that you haven’t yet seen it, I strongly recommend seeing his meeting with our own Joe Thompson from 2018’s HODINKEE 10 celebration.
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