The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has enlisted the services of an experienced  figure. Raymond Loretan,  the new President of the Foundation,  took up his position in January 2018. He wishes to continue developing this institution  on both national  and international  levels  and to impart  fresh  momentum.  While  guaranteeing  the strict independence  and neutrality  of the Grand Prix, he believes the Foundation  must explore new modes of cooperation  to ensure  its sustainability  and  to continue  promoting  the  reputation  of the  watch  industry  both  within  Switzerland  and worldwide.


Raymond  Loretan  succeeded  Carlo  Lamprecht,  who  had  chaired  the Foundation  since  its creation  in 2011.  Carlo Lamprecht  served  the GPHG  with energy  and dedication,  alongside  the Director  of the Foundation,  Carine  Maillard. After seven years in this role, he expressed  a wish to step down in order to devote more time to other activities.   The Board of the Foundation  expresses  its deep gratitude  for his immense  contribution  to extending  Swiss watch industry’s global reach.



Raymond Loretan

From diplomacy to economics along with politics and the media, Loretan is a man of conviction and commitment. Diplomatic  and  international  experience:  after graduating  with a law degree  from the University  of Fribourg  and a degree in European law from the University of Strasbourg, he began his career with an internship at the UN in New York and The Hague. He was recruited to the Federal Department  of Foreign Affairs in 1983 via the multi-stage  competitive process for careers in diplomacy known as the Concours, successively  working as Diplomatic Secretary of the Secretary of State for Foreign  Affairs,  Edouard  Brunner;  and then as personal  assistant  to Federal  Council  Arnold  Koller at the Federal Department of Defence and at the Federal Department of Justice and Police between 1987 and 1990. He served as Swiss Ambassador  to Singapore and Brunei from 1997 to 2003 and then as Swiss Consul General in New York until

2007. He is the incumbent President of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva.

Prominent  political  and  media  profile:  from 1993 to 1997, he was Secretary  General  of the Swiss  PDC (Christian Democratic People’s Party). In 2008, he was elected a member of the Geneva’s Constituent Assembly with a seat on the Territorial  Organisation  and  External  Relations  Commission.  Since  2016,  he  has  been  Chair  of  the  Lake  Crossing Consultative  Commission.  He also chaired  the Swiss Broadcasting  Corporation  (SRG SSR) from 2012 to 2015 and in

2017 took the helm of the Board of the new AGEFI financial daily.

Strong ties with financial circles: Executive Chairman of Swiss Medical Network since 2007, he also officiates as Vice- chairman of Aevis Holding and holds various other Directorships.


About the GPHG

Created in 2001 and overseen since 2011 by a foundation  recognised  as a public interest organisation,  the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie  de Genève  is intended  to highlight  and annually  reward  the most  remarkable  watchmaking  creations  in order to contribute to enhancing the worldwide reputation of the watchmaking art.