December 2011 : David Gouten, Gisèle Rufer, Thierry Nataf, etc

David Gouten succumbed in November 2011 to the charms of “small is beautiful” by becoming CEO of Delaneau, a company whose values and existing team immediately appealed to the man behind the Opus saga. His multiple skills in terms of product knowledge and selective worldwide distribution networks should give a new boost to the brand specialising in ladies’ mechanical art watches.

Xavier de Roquemaurel makes a smooth transition from fashion (Ermenegildo Zegna) to watches (MGI Luxury Group) as Vice President Brand Marketing for Ebel and Concord, whose President Loek Oprinsen has entrusted him with developing and implementing marketing projects for the
two brands.


Gisèle Rufer celebrated in 2011 the 15th anniversary of her Delance brand, imbued with a profoundly feminine philosophy embodied through ladies’ models featuring original organic shapes. All those with a taste for powerful messages will appreciate the simulator available on the company website.


 Thierry Nataf, who paid a visit to the Belles Montres exhibition in Paris, is devoting his experience of revitalising dormant brands (particularly in the watch industry) keen to be rejuvenated. He is now President and CEO of The Consulting Company, based in the City of Light while featuring an extensive international network.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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