Biver, Jean-Claude

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Jean-Claude Biver

Jean-Claude Biver is a Swiss watch producer.

Encounter with the Haute Horlogerie

Jean-Claude Biver was born on 20 September 1949 in Luxembourg. "By jogging" he came to mechanical watches, he tells in an interview. He has run much marathon in the Vallée de Joux. His running partner and friend was Jacques Piguet, a manufacturer of high quality mechanical movements. On his wrist Biver discovered a skeletonized watch, which greatly impressed him. At the 60th birthday of Piquet's father, he met the CEO of Audemars Piguet. In the short term he was given a workplace. After he had been at Audemars Piguet from 1975 to 1979 and had been studying the methods of the Haute Horlogerie, he spent two years as a manager at Omega.

Revitalization of Blancpain

In 1981 Biver together with Jacques Piguet bought the rights of the old, in 1735 founded, but no longer active brand Blancpain from the SSIH, and under this name about 1983 presented an entirely new model range of luxury watches with mechanical movements. The bold motto read: "Since 1735 at Blancpain there are no quartz watches. And there never will." With the success of this venture - then held to be futile by many - Biver contributed significantly to the renaissance of the mechanical wristwatch, presumed dead by nearly everyone at this time.

Hublot and the Big Bang

After the Swatch Group under Nicolas G. Hayek had bought Blancpain in 1992, Biver still remained there as executive director and as a board member until 2003. In 2004 he met Carlo Crocco, the head of MDM Hublot, and agreed with him to enter into the management of Hublot. With the newly created model Big Bang, which consistently represents the concept of 'fusion', he again caused a stir in the watch world.