Peter Stas, a stalwart member of the international watchmaking market, has received industry recognition with an award coup.
Mr Stas, CEO of Frederique Constant, a Citizen-owned company, has been awarded the Industry 4.0 prize during the first edition of The Shapers awards ceremony held at the Hotel Beaulac.
The awards ceremony highlighted the original actions of ten companies selected, out of sixty candidates, which have all invested in the technological industries. This original prize rewards innovation and the actors of structural change in the connected 4.0 society.
The winners received an iron ingot from the jury as a symbol of their achievements in the 4.0 industry. The jury was composed of Xavier Comtesse, Dominique Duay, Jean René Gonthier, Philippe Grize, Takahiro Hamaguchi, Florian Németi, Edouard Mignon, Elmar Mock, Sylvie Reinhart, Nicola Thibaudeau and Wolf Zinkl.
Mr Stas said: “We were the first Swiss Watch Manufacturer to introduce the Horological Smart Watch in 2015. Now, we are the first to combine a manufacture mechanical caliber with smartwatch functionality.”
Mr Stas placed in 8th position, alongside the other winners: Reto Wyss (Vidi-System, Cognex) ; Philippe Menoud (IEM) ; Aude Pugin (Apco Technologies SA); Denis Jeannerat (Willemin-Macodel) ; Samuel Vuadens and Jonas Hügli (Factory 5) ; Marc Thurner (regenHu) ; Claude Jeannerat (Micro5) ; Christophe Nicolet (Felco) and Philippe Menoud (IEM).
The core Frederique Constant Group business represents 170 employees in six offices worldwide and its watches are available at 3,000 points of sale globally.