janvier 16, 2020
Jean-Claude Biver receives France’s Legion of Honour
During an official ceremony at the French embassy in Bern, Jean-Claude Biver was awarded France’s highest civilian honour and made “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.” This outstanding recognition was presented by the Ambassador of France to Switzerland, Frédéric Journès.
Jean-Claude Biver’s career spans four decades of horological entrepreneurship, starting at Audemars Piguet, then the Blancpain adventure and Swatch Group years at Omega, where he worked directly with Nicolas Hayek. From there he went to Hublot where his success was rewarded with the title of President of the Watchmaking Division of the French luxury group LVMH, where he also managed TAG Heuer and Zenith. He is also recognized for his commitment to the fight against racism during EURO2008 and his support of the Charity Water campaign.
His exceptional contribution to the development of the Swiss and French watch industries and the rapprochement of the two countries was saluted by the French Republic along with his commitment, passion and daring spirit.
During an emotional speech, Jean-Claude Biver shared his thanks to France and all those who had helped him along the way: "It is a great honour for me and truly gratifying to receive this recognition from France, the cradle of the idea of luxury. First and foremost, I would like to dedicate this medal and the recognition it represents to my teams who, since 1979, have followed and supported me throughout my career and have made such a success possible through their work, skills, experience, vision, and know-how. My profound thanks go to everyone here with us today, and especially to those who made up my inner circle and stood by me every step of the way on this adventure, to the veterans who came on board starting in 1979 and to the younger generations from 1993 onward."
All of us at Baselworld would like to congratulation Jean-Claude Biver on this incredible award and thank him for his outstanding contribution to the watch industry