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The market for Swiss watches is an international one: more than 95% of production is exported and sold outside Switzerland. This global market draws an audience of admirers and connoisseurs who are increasingly interested in the culture, history, origins and innovations of Fine Watchmaking.

This is why the Foundation’s work is relayed by a dozen regional missions. They implement information and training activities aimed at the partner-brands, important retailers, journalists and end customers. As observation posts across the world, they enrich the Foundation with their experience on the ground, and endlessly promote the values of Fine Watchmaking.


Head Office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Rue André-De-Garrini 4

1217 Meyrin | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

F +41 22 808 58 99


Regional representatives

  • Austria - Germany

    HH Ambassador(s)
  • Latin America

    Mission delegate(s)

    Richard Courbrant

    Journalist specialized in watchmaking

    2007 Became a member of the SIAR judging panel

    2000 Director and major shareholder of TWG Magazine.

    1998 - 2000 Appointed representative for Antiquorum and Parmigiani.

    1995 Set up and managed SHHS (Services pour la Haute Horlogerie Suisse), providing after-sales service for the leading Swiss watch brands.

    1989 Graduated in Business Administration, he entered the watch and jewellery segment as a retailer.

    HH Ambassador(s)
  • Benelux

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Léon Martens // Leon Martens B.V.
    • Erik Nieuwenhuys // Steltman Watches
    • Jan Slaets // Juwelier Slaets
  • Spain

    HH Ambassador(s)
  • France

    Co-mission delegate

    Thierry Castagna

    Founding President of The Watch Quote

    2002 Creator of the website : www.thewatchquote.com

    1989 - 2001 Automobile Sales Director (BMW, Audi).

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Roger Barrier // Barrier & Fils
    • Carla Chalouhi-Kassimy // Arije
    • Jean-Marc Charmat // Collector
    • Michel Cymerman // Heurgon
    • Stefan Ciejka // Editor-in-chief at La Revue des Montres
    • Richard Doux // Doux Joaillier
    • Pierre Dubail // Dubail
    • Thomas Engel // Collector
    • Richard Frojo // Frojo
    • Jean-Louis Maier // Maier
    • Laurent Picciotto // Chronopassion
    • Jo Sfeir // Elysées Horlogerie
    • Tina Zegg // Zegg & Cerlati
  • Hong Kong - China - Taiwan

    Mission delegate(s)

    Carson Chan

    FHH Head of Mission, Greater China, consultant and collector, Hong Kong

    Project manager

    Daiting Shen

    FHH Project Manager

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Daniel Chan // Paragon International Ltd
    • Patrick Choi // Luck Hock Watch
    • Raymond Lam // Yes & Right Trading Co Ltd
    • Samuel Lee // Elegant Jewellery & Watch Company
    • Sammy Poon // Time City (HK) Ltd.
    • Edmond Shum // David Watch Limited
    • Jimmy Tang // Prince Jewellery & Watch Company
    • Carlson Wong // Carlson Watch Co Ltd
    • Kay Wong // King Fook Jewellery & Watch Co
    • Zhong Yang Liu // Dalian Jin Hua Watch Co Ltd
    • Teresa Yau // Europe Group of Companies Ltd
    • Cindy Yeung // Emperor Watch and Jewellery (HK) Co. Ltd.
    • Dennis Yeung // Oriental Watch Holdings Ltd
    • Howard Yeung // King Fook Jewellery & Watch Co
    • Cheung Yu Ping // Xinyu hengdeli Holdings Ltd
  • India

    Mission delegate(s)

    Anita Khatri

    2013 Groupe The Times of India, Vice-Présidente Luxe.

    2007 Conceptualized & Developed The Economic Times Dialogue on Luxury conference that encompasses every facet of Luxury Lifestyle.

    2001 Introduced Bouquet of Luxury Publications – Time n Style (Luxury Watches & Jewelleries), Time'n'Style Beauty, Luxpresso (a bi-monthly tabloid on Luxury) & Basel & SIHH special watch report.

    1989 Anita Kathri joined the group The Times of India for which she has worked for.

  • Italy / Greece

    Mission delegate(s)

    Beppe Ambrosini

    IWC Brand Manager Italy

    Beppe Ambrosini is a great expert in Fine Watchmaking thanks to more than 40 years of experience in haute horlogerie in international and Italian management. In his career, he has been Brand Director for Girard-Perregaux, Corum, Piaget and Baume & Mercier, more than 10 years as co-owner and international Director of Camille Fournet France, one of the best and historical Maison for the leather strap production, and since 2012 Brand Manager of IWC Italy.

    HH Ambassador(s)
  • Japan

    Mission delegate(s)

    Hitoshi Miki

    President & Representative Director, Regional CEO, Richemont Japan Limited

    2015 President & Representative Director, Regional CEO, Richemont Japan.

    2013 Van Cleef & Arpels Japan President & CEO.

    2002 A rejoint Richemont en tant que CEO régional de Chloe International SA Japon. Joined Richemont as Chloe International SA Japan Regional CEO. Before Richemont, worked with Onward Kashiyama for several years.

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Tomihisa Chino // Chino Jewelry Co., Ltd.
    • Yasuyuki Ilma // Eye Eye Isuzu Co., Ltd.
    • Toru Kamine // Kamine International
    • Akira Kaneko // Cronos Inc.
    • Yoshiharu Ohashi // Ohashi Co. Ltd.
  • Middle East

    Mission delegate(s)

    Alexander Schmiedt

    Mission Delegate

    2016 Regional Brand Director Middle East and Subcontintent/ Vacheron Constantin

    2010 Director Category Management Watches, Montblanc

    2004 Manager Strategic Marketing Projects, Montblanc

    2000 Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Adel Ali Bin Ali // Ali Bin Ali
    • Salem al Saman // Al Manara Jewellers
    • Abdul Hamied Seddiqi // Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
    • Ali Morad Bebehani // Behbani TRG
    • Roger Mrad // Wadih Mrad
    • Franco Sponza // Sponza Co
  • Portugal

    Mission delegate(s)

    Antonio Machado

    Retailer

    1977 Director of Machado Joalheiro in Porto, founded in 1880 and distributes brands such as Cartier, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, and Vacheron Constantin.

    Antonio Machado was a member of the AIHH for several years and he is currently the FHH as "Head of Mission".

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Carlos Cunha // Cunha Joalheiro
    • Salomao Kolinsky // Tempus Distribuiçao Soc. Commercial Relojoaria, SA
    • Ricardo Torres // Joalharia Torres
  • Russia

    Mission delegate(s)

    Ekaterina Falkovich

    Chief Operating Officer Russia & CIS | Richemont Luxury Goods LLc

    2018 COO Richemont (LLC RLG) Russia, Ukraine & CIS, Moscow

    2015 COO Lancel, Paris

    2010 Director of Operations Richemont, Moscow

    2005 CFO Richemont Russia, Moscow

    2001 MBA in INSEAD

    1996 Various positions in Pharmaceutical Industry in Russia, Switzerland and Croatia

  • South East Asia

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • Bernard Cheong // The Purists
    • Jeremy Lim // Cortina Watch Pte Ltd
    • Ban Ong // Sincere Watch Ltd
    • Michael Tay // The Hour Glass Ltd
  • Switzerland

    HH Ambassador(s)
    • René Beyer // Beyer Chronometrie AG
    • Patrick Frischknecht
    • Urs Mezger // Mezger Uhren und Bijouterie AG
  • USA - Canada

    Mission delegate(s)

    Steven Kaiser

    President & CEO Kaiser Time Inc.

    1999 - 2000 Executive Shareholder Benedom, Inc. (subsidiary of LVMH).

    1993 - 1998 President - Baume & Mercier USA.

    1988 - 1993 Vice President of Sales - Baume & Mercier USA.

    Co-mission delegate

    Philippe Bonay

    Director Jaeger-LeCoultre US

    Prior to joining Richemont, Philippe Bonay worked in Strategic Planning and Account Management in Advertising and Communications. He then had various roles during the last twenty years: marketing for Piaget in North Asia, launching and nurturing Panerai in the USA and Canada, turning around A. Lange and Soehne in the Americas.

    He joined Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2010 and is currently its President for North America.

    HH Ambassador(s)