Luigi Macaluso owner and head of Girard Perregaux passes away

Dear Loungers.

It is a sad year for the watch industry. After Nicolas Hayek passing away this summer another great man of horology, Gino Macaluso  Chairman of SOWIND GROUP (Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD) passed away yesterday at age 62.

He had owned Girard Perragaux since 1992 (to which he added JeanRichard in the early 2000s) and had since not only given the brand haute hologerie status but turned it into a true manufacture providing movements even to outside brands (VC's cal 1310 used in the 1st generation Overseas Chronometer is based on GP calibre 3100).

I had had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Macaluso at several occasions he was a man of strong personality and convictions but also extremely passionate about his brands and horology in general.

My condolences to his family (his sons are at the helm of GP and JR) and the team at Sowind

As a good friend recently put in a mail:

RIPassion

Luigi Macaluso owner and head of Girard Perregaux passes away
I'm sorry to hear this.
10/28/2010 - 18:29
Condolences to the Macaluso family. I am a proud owner of that Overseas Chronometer with the GP movement, as well as a former owner of a couple of GP watches, once of which I never should have sold. Bill
I am extremely sorry to hear this bad news...
10/28/2010 - 18:40

Mr. Macaluso has done a tremendous amount for the world of Haute Horlogerie with GP and JR. I send my best wishes and prayers to his family during this very difficult time.  Best, Mike

This is a very sad news
10/28/2010 - 20:10
My condolences to his family and his teams. This is a great loss. Berny
Sad news that only tell us to Carpe Diem.
10/28/2010 - 22:58
First my condolences to his family and the whole watchmaking firm. I have many times sad that among watches Girard-Perregaux has always been my second love. This mainly because what Luigi managed to do with a small company that nearly had lost it's once great identity. He alone took the tiller and steered the firm in to a new and thrilling world. As the architect he was, he had the eye for taste and design, like no other owner/director i the watchworld. When he designed the 375 mm it was opposed by the other members of the staff, because it would not bring any money, rather the opposite, since the project would be to expensive for just producing 375 watches. He answered, that he always wanted to design a monopusher, and told his team to find someone who could build a movement that would work. The answer became an unknown small firm, with a member with the name F.P.Journe. I tried for some years to find this watch and was lucky to get a new from USA in WG. Actually I'm wearing it now reading this extremely sad news. OTH he was a man who lived his life full. Racing and sailing besides his passion for the watches. My thoughts are with his family. He was born the same year as I am... Doc
Re: Luigi Macaluso owner and head of Girard Perregaux passes away
10/30/2010 - 00:19
Thanks Mr Macaluso for all what you did. Your foudroyante for Ferrari was one of my first love. Best wishes to his family, friends and colleagues.