Thursday, July 2, 2015

Xavier Dietlin receives the “Family Business Award” from the EU Business School

On 24 June 2015, Xavier Dietlin received the “Family Business Award” from the EU Business School at the Hotel Président Wilson in Geneva.

The Family Business Award recognizes top-performing family businesses that successfully combine tradition and innovation, as well as make a contribution to the community. These businesses make substantial contributions to the global economy and become an inspiration for other family businesses.
Established in 1973, EU Business School (EU) is a triple-accredited, multi-campus, international business school. In addition to small, dynamic classes offered in English, EU students also enjoy an international environment while getting the best of both North American and European academic curricula.

EU Business School has a global network, with main campuses in Geneva and Montreux in Switzerland; Barcelona in Spain; and Munich in Germany with partner institutions in U.S.A., China, U.K., Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Canada and Russia among others.

Xavier Dietlin started his career as a player of the Servette Football Club but at the age of 22 had to exit from his childhood dream due to an injury. He then joined the family business Dietlin Artisans Métalliers. Established in 1854 in the Swiss city of Porrentruy, the Dietlin metalworking company has been passed down from father to son. In 1969, Xavier’s father took the business to work on sites in Geneva and then Lausanne, with artistic ironwork gradually being overtaken by metal constructions, doors, windows, etc. Xavier Dietlin had qualified as an industrial designer and soon after joining the family company, he suggested a change in their activities. He raised the idea of branching into new areas, including the watchmaking industry.

Examples of Xavier Dietlin’s work: transparent bunker for the Antikythera mechanism at the Museum of Athens, case for the Marie-Antoinette watch that inspired Breguet, Raptor case for Hublot watches used in more than 200 points of sale all over the world, hologram system to set fire to priceless timepieces.

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