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Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2014 - An interview with Stéphane Linder, CEO of TAG Heuer

Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2014 An interview with Stéphane Linder, CEO of TAG Heuer

In the first in our series of interviews with the CEOs of watch brands who have won the Aiguille d’Or, we talk to TAG Heuer’s CEO Stéphane Linder, about the impact that this prestigious prize can have on a brand.

TAG Heuer won the Aiguille d’Or, the highest accolade at what is considered to be the Oscars of the watchmaking industry, in 2012. The prize was awarded to its innovative Mikrogirder timepiece, which introduced a new linear oscillator in the form of a girder rather than the conventional spiral-coiled hairspring found in most mechanical watches.

At the time, the award was TAG Heuer’s eighth prize in the Grand Prix’s 11-year history, but it was the first time that the brand scooped the prize for the best watch overall across all the categories of the competition.

Stéphane Linder, who took over from Jean-Christophe Babin as the CEO of TAG Heuer just over one year ago when the latter moved on to Bulgari, explains the impact that this award has had on the brand and gives us a hint of his plans for this year’s Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève.

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Over 150 years of watchmaking savoir-faire and technical innovation have made TAG Heuer a global reference in avant-garde sports watches. As it tracked the rise of sports demanding increasingly precise timekeeping, TAG Heuer continually developed its unique capabilities through a long-term vision of what watchmaking is today, and what it will look like tomorrow.

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