History forges the identity of certain heritage brands. More contemporary names place history in the perspective of their founder's values and where they position themselves within this historical spectrum.
Historian at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, coordinator for the Cultural Council
A historian in fine watchmaking, in 2006 Grégory Gardinetti joined the internationally renowned Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds as an archivist specialising in the history of time measurement. In 2010 he joined the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie where, as culture and patrimony manager, he has charge of exhibitions and lectures, and approves the historical content of the Foundation's website.
Author and historian, expert in antiquarian timepieces
Dominique Fléchon joined the Richemont Group in 1994 as a historian and specialist in antiquarian horology. In 2006 he became content editor for the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. He has curated numerous exhibitions as part of major watch fairs. Dominique is highly regarded as the author of exhibition catalogues, and of the authoritative reference work, The Mastery of Time.
Assistant curator at the Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Jean-Michel Piguet qualified as a watchmaker-restorer in 1974. He went on to study at the Technicum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, where he specialised in the restoration of antique clocks. He then taught for nine years at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Since 1988 he has been assistant curator at the Musée International d'Horlogerie, also in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Historian in horology, former curator of the Omega museum and author
Marco Richon, born in 1945, studied at Geneva University. He is a journalist (Tribune de Lausanne) and, since 1972, a specialist in information and public relations for the watch industry at the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH), writing for the Federation's Bulletin FH newsletter, and later for in-house publications at SSIH, Omega and ETA. He co-founded the Omega Museum in 1983 and was its curator until 2009. Marco Richon is the author of several books, mostly on the history of watchmaking, such as Omega Saga (1998) and Omega, A Journey Through Time (2007). Since 2011 he has been President of the Swiss association of watch and clock collectors, Chronométrophilia.
Art historian and honorary curator at the Musée de l’Horlogerie et de l’Émaillerie, Geneva, Switzerland
Art historian Fabienne Xavière Sturm is honorary curator of the Geneva Museum of Horology and Enamel. For 30 years she managed the museum’s collections which she took to venues all over the world. Since 2003 she has continued to work for Vacheron Constantin, the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts in Lausanne, and the University of Geneva.