I have just received the sad news regarding the passing of one of modern watch manufacturing's most influential, charismatic and enlightened visionaries, Mr Nicolas G Hayek, who earlier today died as the result of a cardiac arrest while at work in his role as chairman of the Swatch Group which he established in 1985.
Mr Hayek, who was 82 years old when he passed away, is widely respected for his tireless energies in revitalizing a dying Swiss watch industry in the 1980's and his legacy to the industry will survive long after most of the people reading - and writing - this article.
The Watch Press sends it's sincere condolences to the family of Mr Hayek and also to those who worked closely with him.
You will be sadly missed.
Nicolas G Hayek, 1928 - 2010