The holy trinity in the watch world is – for better or worse – said to be Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. In my humble opinion a certain German based watch brand could easily replace one of said brands based on what has been happening the past few years, but that’s not the point of this story.
However, when there is a leadership change at any of these brands, it is always big news. The leaders at these brands also tend to stay at the helm for a very long time, which is perhaps part of the reason for their success. Rolex for example also famously signs on its chief leader for multiple decades and (rightly) does not care about the short term.
Astrid Wendlandt just broke the news on Miss Tweed that Audemars Piguet is looking for a new CEO, which also implies an exit of current CEO François-Henry Bennahmias. Note that the news has yet to be confirmed (and likely never will) by Audemars Piguet itself.
Mr Bennahmias was appointed managing director of Audemars Piguet (North America) in 1999 and has been the CEO of Audemars Piguet since 2012.