Roger Dubuis, who in 1995 opened a Manufacture that bore his name, has passed away at the age of 80. He leaves an extraordinary legacy in watchmaking, distinguished as much by an inimitable style as by groundbreaking mechanisms. We look back at an outstanding career.
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In 2013, we gave him the Hommage à la Passion award in recognition of his dedication and determination. Walter Lange has passed away at the age of 92. He leaves a lifetime's work that business schools could well study as a textbook case in management. Without Walter Lange, A. Lange & Söhne would never have had the remarkable return to prominence it has enjoyed for the past twenty years.
A few days after Jacques Duchêne passed away, I searched various print and online newspapers for articles on this truly exceptional personality in Swiss watchmaking. And was surprised by how little I found. As though a career spanning several decades could be written in the sand when he left us pages that are carved in the stone of an era. And so I would like to briefly remember him here.
Returning from my mountaintops, where the only news to reach our ears concerns the temperature, the snow and the state of the rock, I learned, with sadness, something I would rather not have heard: Gérald Genta is no longer with us.
When I think of Gabriel Tortella, our friend who took leave of us too soon, I remember the lyrics of a song by Domenico Modugno that we used to sing when he would invite me to his dinners with friends: “Cos’è che trema sul tuo visino ? / È pioggia o pianto, dimmi cos’è?” (Tell me, what is trembling on your cheek? / Is it the rain or tears?) And it went on to the famous refrain: “Ciao, ciao, bambina…”