EMMENEGGER JOINS PIGUET:  Audemars Piguet has named Claude Emmenegger its new creative director.

Emmenegger is replacing Octavio Garcia, whose next projects could not be immediately learned.

Emmenegger has been freelancing with the Swiss watchmaker since 1999, masterminding the creations of Tradition of Excellence models 2, 3 and 4, as well as the brand’s famous Royal Oak series.

He began his career with Longines, followed by Gucci, where he created 23 collections including the G watch, according to the company.

In 2003, he established his own design consulting company, lending his services to more than 40 different brands.

His main goals at Audemars Piguet will be the “development of the women’s category, high tech concepts and new functionalities,” the brand said.

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