By  on June 26, 2008

PARIS — Severin Wunderman, a well-respected figure in the Swiss watch industry and the owner of the Corum brand, died Monday after a stroke. He was 69.

A spokeswoman for Corum said Wunderman died in his house in the South of France, where he lived most of the year.

A memorial service is being planned in Los Angeles next Wednesday.

Details were not immediately available, although Wunderman’s remains will stay in Europe, which was his wish, the spokeswoman said.

One of the most colorful and affable figures in the watch world, Wunderman will be remembered for turning two brands into major players. He built Gucci’s watch business in the Eighties into a successful venture and followed up by engineering the turnaround at Corum.

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