Former De Bethune boss appointed MCT Watches CEO

MCT watches has appointed Pierre Jacques, the former head of De Bethune, as its new chief executive officer.

MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps) chairman Kristina-Ripsimé Ambartsumian announced the appointment of Jacques, who left De Bethune in November, this morning.

Ambartsumian said: “Pierre Jacques’ arrival in our company corresponds to a new stage for MCT. His dynamic approach and his experience will make a valuable contribution to accelerating the development of our young brand.

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Jacques has more than 15 years of strategic and operational experience in the watch industry having co-founded international watch magazine GMT, directed the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and subsequently the Geneva flagship store of the retail group Les Ambassadeurs, before serving for five years as CEO of the De Bethune brand.

Jacques added: “I’ve always admired MCT creations. They reflect absolute modernity in terms of design and technical research, while respecting the spirit and the rules of haute horlogerie. I am proud of being able to participate in the expansion of this magnificent firm.”

Jacques will take up his position on February next Monday and succeeds François Candolfi, who has directed the young haute horlogerie brand since its takeover by Cage Holding, which he initiated as a consultant in 2012.

Candolfi was responsible for transforming MCT from small workshop to integrated brand employing around 40 people with its own international subsidiary in Asia.

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