Hublot’s chairman, Jean-Claude Biver, is not a happy man according to an interview on CNBC business news where he claimed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been stealing his firm’s best talents for some time. Mr. Biver said that Apple is poaching Hublot’s employees to work on its forthcoming iWatch.
The chairman claims that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already attracted on its side the sales director of Tag Heuer, a subsidiary owned by LVMH, after agreeing on a contract with the giant phone maker. However, he said that he was not that heartbroken considering the circumstances that some of the employees had departed.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s to poach talent from Hublot is one of the company’s efforts, geared towards the release of the much anticipated iWatch. Nobody is aware when the Apple iWatch will hit the market, but one thing that remains for sure is the fact that it will be spectacular considering the amount of resources that Apple is directing towards it.
Mr. Biver added the fact that at times it is good for the employees to move on, if it guarantees further growth on their talent.
“Somehow the talent is important for the company, but the talent is also important for himself. If the job is great, you should be happy for him,” said Mr. Biver.
Mr. Biver also emphasized the fact that he would have been extremely sad if the employees had moved to Hublot direct competitors. The Chairman believes that moving to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not that bad as it will be a great experience for them. Biver has also been quoted in the past saying that Apple was trying to poach one of its high-tech alloys called Magic Gold. It is being reported that Apple tried to license this alloy with a view of using it in iPhone 5 back in 2013.