After an extraordinary career spanning more than 40 years in watchmaking, Jean-Claude Biver currently holds the role of nonexecutive chairman of the LVMH watchmaking division. He is also the chairman of the boards of Hublot and Zénith. At 70 years of age, Biver recently stepped down from his position as the president of the Watches Division at LVMH Group and has rebuilt and transformed notable brands such as Blancpain, Omega, Hublot, and TAG Heuer.
Biver briefly exited the watchmaking world, before joining Hublot as CEO and board member. At Hublot, he has emphasised “the fusion of tradition and future”. In 2004, as CEO, he decided to focus on Hublot’s original product and develop a new concept for the brand: “The Art of Fusion”.
By dedicating all of his expertise and marketing talent to the brand, in April 2005—within a year—he had achieved the tour de force of launching a revolutionary chronograph: the Big Bang. Unveiled at BaselWorld 2005, it was an immediate success. The awards came thick and fast. Hublot was injected with an extraordinary dynamism, guaranteeing exceptional growth.
Biver was truly responsible for the rebirth of this brand. Hublot was bought by LVMH in 2008 following a fivefold increase in sales from 2004 to 2007. In this period, the company saw impressive economic growth with turnover increasing in four years from 25 million to more than 200 million Swiss francs in 2008.
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