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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.


Coordinator

Emmanuel Schneider

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


Biography coming soon...


Experts

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.


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 Director of Revolution Magazine, 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 at Revolution magazine in Hong Kong. In addition to Revolution Hong Kong, Sean oversees watch content for Tatler in Asia, and has been a member of the jury for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2012.


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.