We just got the sad news about the passing of Mr. Raymond Weil, the founder of the Swiss watch brand that bears his name.
He was born in 1926, in Geneva and started his career at Camy Watch S.A., where in 1949 he becomes manager. He continues to work there for the next 26 years, but in 1976, during the dark days of Swiss watch industry, he decided to establish his own watch brand.
The Raymond Weil brand is positioned to target the more affordable luxury segment, with high quality watches at an affordable price (between $900 and $4,500), having a presence in across 95 countries.
At the hearth of this family-owned brand, you’ll find its founders profound love for classical music.
Raymond Weil occupied several high positions in various professional organisations: President of the Geneva Watchmaker Union, Vice-President of the Watchmaking Industry Training Centre (CFH), and member of the Watchmaking Federation (FH) and other employers’ associations. Until 1995, he was also President of the Exhibitors Committee of the Basel International Watch and Jewellery Fair.
Last September, Raymond Weil retired from the company’s board. Today the company is led by Raymond Weil’s son-in-law, Olivier Bernheim, who joined the company in 1982. Mr. Bernheim’s two sons, Elie and Pierre, are also busy continuing the legacy of their grandfather.
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