Baar-Zug, Switzerland; 23 December 2022
- Partners Group Co-Founder Alfred Gantner will become Chairman of Breitling's board
- Breitling will remain under the leadership of CEO Georges Kern and his existing management team
- Both Partners Group and CVC will continue to drive value creation at the Company
Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, has agreed on behalf of its clients to increase its equity stake in leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling (or "the Company") in a transaction that will make it the Company's largest shareholder. CVC, Breitling's current majority shareholder, together with its management team and other co-investors, will remain invested alongside Partners Group. Accordingly, Partners Group, CVC and the management team will continue to control Breitling following completion of this investment round.
Founded in 1884, Breitling is a leading Swiss watchmaker, with a unique heritage in the industry as the inventor of the modern wrist chronograph and distinctive positioning as a casual, inclusive, and sustainable luxury brand. Breitling's product offering is centered around its three core themes: air, land, and sea. Its collections offer a distinctive modern-retro design style, which appeals to an increasingly broad consumer base globally. Since 2017, Breitling has emerged as a leading omni-channel luxury watch brand offering an unparalleled customer experience across both physical and digital channels.
The Company is poised for future growth supported by its differentiated brand positioning, wide product offering, and robust supply chain. Partners Group and CVC will continue working together with Breitling's management team, under the leadership of CEO Georges Kern, to grow the business. Key value creation initiatives will include further pursuing an omni-channel strategy; continuing its geographic expansion; and launching new products harnessing the value of Breitling's extensive back catalogue.
Following the transaction, Alfred Gantner, Co-Founder and Executive Member of the Board of Directors, Partners Group, will become Chairman of the Breitling board. He says: "After a fundamental transformation in the past five years, Breitling is building on its outstanding achievements and is now in a position to scale the business and become one of the world leaders in the watch industry. We are delighted to increase our stake in the Company. Breitling has a strong foundation for continued growth, with significant future value creation potential. In line with our entrepreneurial governance approach, we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the management team and CVC."
Georges Kern, Chief Executive Officer, Breitling, comments: "I am very happy that Breitling remains privately owned and independent. Breitling is well-positioned and has a proven strategy in place to capitalize on continued tailwinds in the luxury watch industry. We have a unique brand proposition with a long history in Swiss watch making, which is appealing to today's modern luxury consumer. We are a preferred partner to retailers worldwide and are looking for continuity and stability in these established partnerships. Looking ahead, we are building our presence in key growth markets, and broadening Breitling's collection to appeal to a diverse customer base. The support that Partners Group and CVC offers will continue to be extremely valuable as we continue on this journey."
Daniel Pindur, Managing Partner at CVC and current Chairman of Breitling's board, says: "We are proud of the fantastic development Breitling has made since we invested in 2017. Working closely with Georges and his team we have been able to transform the business into one of the world’s most dynamic and progressive luxury watch brands. We are convinced there is still plenty more to come, and we are delighted to continue driving the future growth of this iconic business alongside Partners Group."