PARIS — For Swatch Group, it's time to get greener.
The Swiss watchmaker said Wednesday it would partner with international bank Groupe E to develop clean, renewable energy based on hydrogen and fuel cells.
The two firms, along with Hayek Engineering and other parties, aim to make Switzerland a global leader in renewable energy through a new holding company that may eventually seek a stock market listing.
Swatch chairman Nicholas G. Hayek and Groupe E chief Philippe Virdis are heading a steering committee that will establish new affiliate companies with group employees and other partners, according to a joint statement.
While best known for such watch brands as Omega, Breguet and Tissot, Swatch Group is no stranger to the energy business, having been involved in the development of the Smart, a solar-powered and hybrid car.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)