Cultural Council - History and DNA

History is an important part of horological culture. It inspires today's watchmakers and gives them greater legitimacy.

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.


Grégory Gardinetti

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Haute Horlogerie where, as culture and patrimony manager, he has charge of exhibitions and lectures, and approves the historical content of the Foundation's website.

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Vincent Daveau

Specialised journalist, historian and watchmaker, France

Biography coming soon…

Dominique Fléchon

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.

Morghan Mootoosamy

Biography coming soon…

Jean-Michel Piguet

Former 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. Between 1988 and 2018, he was assistant curator at the Musée International d'Horlogerie, also in La Chaux-de-Fonds.