The people behind HYT
The teams that make it happen
Grégory Dourde, an engineering graduate from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées (Paris), obtained an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs in 1997. He has worked for major brands, including Cartier, in Retail/Marketing strategy and in the reorganisation of Jewellery activity, followed by the Swatch Group and Calvin Klein Watches, and also on the Management board of Manufacturing companies under Nicolas Hayek Senior. He then founded his own consulting company, working on performance enhancement and development projects for companies operating in the medical, watchmaking and high-tech sectors, among others. His interest in and passion for fields as diverse as the physical sciences, biology, philosophy, plastic arts and music, reveal a desire to nurture and enrich ideas through an interdisciplinary approach, using this cross-pollination as the basis for research into innovative and original solutions.
Lucien is the inventor of the groundbreaking fluid technology used by horological luxury brand HYT, that combines fluids and mechanics in a wrist watch to indicate the time. He was also the driver behind the creation of HYT attracting the brand’s founding members. Lucien is an engineer by training, an owner and co-owner of multiple businesses and the chairman of the Ganydar foundation which creates opportunities for vulnerable youngsters in Latin America.
After obtaining his Master in Law from Neuchâtel University in Switzerland, Giancarlo started his career at Ernst & Young in Lausanne and Geneva, as Banking Auditor.
Passionate about watches since the Swatch golden years, he quickly came back to his first love. Going from Swatchgroup (Calvin Klein and Jaquet Droz) to Kering (Jeanrichard), passing by independent brands like Romain Jerome, Davidoff or Bomberg, he spent the last 17 years in various key positions in the Watch Industry.
Michel Nieto joined the company in 2016. Expert in the watch industry, Michel held various positions at the Swatch Group, Richemont and LVMH. He took then the watch division of the independent company de Grisogono (3 years). He held the position of CEO at Baume & Mercier (7 years) and the position of Watch Operations MD at Bulgari (3 years). Strong of these experiences, he then founded his own consulting company in the luxury segment.