Last night Jonathan Newhouse, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Conde Nast International, and the global GQ Editors co-hosted cocktails to kick off Baselworld 2015. Held at the neo Gothic church, the Elisabthenkirche in the heart of Basel, over 400 guests from the world of watches gathered to celebrate Baselworld 2015.
Jonathan Newhouse presented the GQ Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean-Claude Biver (Chairman of Hublot and President of the LVMH Group Watches Division) describing him as "something else - an icon of the industry to whom everyone at Baselworld and all the people in this room owe a tremendous debt... Jean-Claude is a born leader. There is a smile on his face and a spark in his eyes. He brings energy, boldness and verve to whatever he undertakes. He is unafraid. He is a man who gets the job done... The watch industry would not have achieved the success it has achieved in the last 30 years were it not for the vision, the courage and the talent of the man we honour today."
Jean-Claude Biver took to the stage to accept his award, climbing to the pulpit to address the crowd from on high.