Former Vacherin Constantin chief executive has passed away
Leading figure in Swiss watchmaking, Claude-Daniel Proellochs died on January 8 at his home in Neuchâtal, following a short battle with cancer.
He was preparing, with his son, to launch his own brand named de Bougainville, as a tribute to the famous 18th century French seafarer.
Claude-Daniel Proellochs devoted his entire career to watchmaking, firstly with Omega, then with Eterna, where he was general manager for fourteen years.
In 1988 he joined Vacheron Constantin where he remained until his retirement in 2005, on the 250th anniversary of the brand. Under Proellochs, Vacheron’s annual production increased from 3,500 to more than 15,000 timepieces.
The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS) described Proellochs as: "A man of culture and letters, a lover of Italy and all things Italian. Claude-Daniel Proellochs was a master of subtle humour and leaves only fond memories to those who had the good fortune to know him."