Jean- Christophe Babin

Hong Kong Tatler - - Watch Radar -

Back­ground

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BABIN was born into a fam­ily of lawyers. He was ex­posed to qual­ity time­pieces at an early age through his fa­ther’s col­lec­tion of 17th- and 18th-cen­tury grand­fa­ther clocks. He served as a flag lieu­tenant in the French navy right after fin­ish­ing his MBA at HEC Paris. Once he com­pleted his ser­vice, he be­gan a ca­reer in mar­ket­ing and sales at Proc­tor & Gam­ble, and after a few years moved on to join Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group. In 2000, he be­come Tag Heuer’s pres­i­dent and CEO, and spent 12 years with the company be­fore tak­ing the helm at Bul­gari this year. BUSINESS ACU­MEN

BABIN BE­LIEVES his role as a CEO is mainly to mo­ti­vate staff. He thinks that putting the right peo­ple to­gether cre­ates mo­men­tum, and he op­er­ates on a strat­egy that is sim­ple, clear and con­sis­tent. AMONG THE NEW time­pieces that Bul­gari pre­sented this year, Babin is most proud of the Octo Finis­simo Tour­bil­lon. He says, “This in­no­va­tion rep­re­sents the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of the brand’s Octo range, of the ul­tra-thin tour­bil­lon, and of Bul­gari’s in-house ex­per­tise, which in­cludes case, dial and cal­i­bre pro­duc­tion.” The Octo Finis­simo cur­rently holds the record for the watch with the world’s thinnest tour­bil­lon move­ment at 1.95mm.

DE­SIGN FO­CUS

NEW AND NO­TABLE Bul­gari launched the Am­mi­raglio del Tempo minute re­peater (top) and Octo Finis­simo Tour­bil­lon ul­tra-thin watch at BaselWorld this year

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