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Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil dies at 87

Published on Jan 27, 2014 7:32 PM
 
Mr Raymond Weil, founder of the watch brand of the same name and one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry, has died at 87, the company said on Monday, Jan 27, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: THOMAS WHITE

ZURICH (AFP) - Mr Raymond Weil, founder of the watch brand of the same name and one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry, has died at 87, the company said on Monday.

He made his name by putting the luxury watch within reach of the pockets of people with style without fortunes.

Mr Weil, who retired from the company's board only last September and who remained honorary president, died "peacefully" on Sunday, the company said in a statement, without providing further details.

The company remains a family business, with Mr Weil's son-in-law Olivier Bernheim and two of his grandsons, Elie and Pierre, at the helm.

 
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