Jean-Claude Biver gives a candid take on his inspirations, his mentors and his plans for what’s next.
Entrepreneur, innovator, leader, contrarian; Biver has made a career out of spreading his passion for watches. A passion he developed early on in his career working under the leadership of Georges Golay at Audemars Piguet.
In the midst of the Quartz Crisis, he purchased Blancpain and in the process became one of the driving forces in the revival of the mechanical watch. He has been instrumental in telling the story that watches aren’t merely functional instruments; they’re truly works of art and artisanship.
At Omega, the vestiges of the partnerships he built between the brand and the likes of Cindy Crawford, James Bond and NASA remain in existence till today.
In the new millennium, despite having over two decades of experience, Biver never lost touch with his entrepreneurial “start-up” mentality. Investing in Hublot and making it one of the most popular and innovative brands in luxury watches. Big Bang, the “Art of Fusion”… these are all classic Biver statements. Doing things differently but all the while remaining faithful to the core brand message.
Biver is also an avid cheese maker, watch collector and mentor to the next generation of watch enthusiasts. It is not only his influence within the industry but also but the delight he takes in passing on his knowledge that won him the Special Jury Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve in 2018.