Cultural Council - R&D, production, technical expertise

Fine watchmaking requires a complete command of production, finishing and decoration. Every aspect of the watch's existence must be taken into consideration, from inception to completion.

Investment in R&D, particularly in new materials, is increasingly essential to maintain fine watchmaking at an exceptional level.


Emmanuel Schneider

Market Research Manager at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, coordinator for the Cultural Council

Holder of “Diplôme Supérieur de l’Ecole du Louvre” and also of a Master degree in Business Intelligence from l’ESLSCA in Paris, Emmanuel starts his professional career at Richemont France as a marketing analyst within the Marketing Intelligence Department. Then, he joined the FHH Geneva from its inception in 2005 where he was involved in several projects such as the launch of the HH Journal (2006), the initiation to watchmaking workshop (2009) or the creation of the HH Certification (2014). Passionate about watchmaking, he learned the technical bases with master-watchmakers and profits from numerous visits of manufacture and trade shows to perfect his knowledge about contemporary watchmaking. Currently Market Research and Content Manager, Emmanuel joins the FHH Academy team in 2014 and is responsible for the production of both face-to-face and digital training content. He is also involved in one-off monitoring and consulting missions for brands.


Henri-John Belmont

Fine Watch consultant and founder of Belmont Conseil, Switzerland

A consultant in fine watchmaking, Henri-John Belmont is a qualified engineer and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He became chief executive of Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1987. Appointed to the board of Richemont in 2001, he oversaw the integration of Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC and A. Lange & Söhne within the Group's other specialist watch brands. He developed Richemont's overall watch movement manufacturing strategy before creating Belmont Conseil in 2006.

Vincent Daveau

Specialised journalist, historian and watchmaker, France

Biography coming soon...

Elizabeth Doerr

Freelance journalist and author, Germany

Elizabeth Doerr fell under the spell of watchmaking on her very first visit to Baselworld in 1991. Her articles are read by millions of people every year and appear in newspapers and magazines as well as online, foremost on her own digital magazine QuillAndPad.com. Elizabeth Doerr published '12 Faces of Time,' her first book, in 2010, which has been described as a "love letter" to independent watchmakers.

Manuel Emch


Manuel Emch, creative thinker, trained in design at the ArtCenter, HEC business graduate. As CEO and Artistic Director, he created the powerful identity, developed iconic products and internationally grew Jaquet Droz then RJ-Romain Jerome, two haute horlogerie brands. He was a member of the Swatch Group management board with responsibilities that included East European countries, starting up the Russian subsidiary, and managing Swatch alongside N. G. Hayek, his mentor. He is a consultant and board member for watch, luxury and tech firms. He helped set up the first watch design course at Geneva School of Design-HEAD and sits on the school's academic board.

Michel Jeannot

Journalist and founder of Bureau d'Information et de Presse Horlogère (BIPH), Switzerland

Michel Jeannot heads the Bureau d’Information et de Presse Horlogère (BIPH) in Switzerland, a team of journalists working with some fifteen media worldwide. His confident and at times caustic style is equally at home with technical subjects as writing about the challenges facing the sector and its economy. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Montres Le Guide (205,000 circulation) and of the WtheJournal.com multimedia platforms. His articles can be read in Bilan, Le Figaro, Huffington Post and HH Magazine online.

Sean Li

Editorial & Business Development Director, Blackbird Watch Manual, Hong Kong

Sean Li has always been fascinated by timekeeping, and was truly drawn into its inner workings when he took a close look at a perpetual calendar for the first time. Working in information technology until 2009, his career changed significantly when he took on the editorial director’s role of a prominent watch publication in Hong Kong. He is now with Blackbird Watch Manual, a new dedicated digital publication with a focus on highly curated, independent stories that celebrate the art and passion of watchmaking.

Christian Piguet

Fine Watch consultant and vice president of the Espace Horloger museum, Vallée de Joux, Switzerland

A consultant in fine watchmaking and vice president of the Espace Horloger museum of watchmaking in La Vallée de Joux, Christian Piguet was director of world after-sales services for Rolex from 1977 to 2007. In this role, and as an administrator of Bergeon SA and WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program), he oversaw the creation of training centres and watchmaking schools in the markets. He set up Piguetime Conseil in 2008.

Jean-Marc Wiederrecht

Agenhor Founder

A graduate of the Geneva Watchmaking School, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht founded the Agenhor SA horological development company together with his wife. In the course of his 40-year career to date, he has created the watch mechanisms of many landmark watches – some of them distinguished by prestigious prizes – such as Harry Winston’s Opus 9, the poetic complications models from Van Cleef & Arpels as well as the Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar. His most recent creation is the AgenGraphe®, a revolutionary central-hand chronograph.