The Dutch firm Christian van der Klaauw has announced Pim Koeslag as its new CEO. Pim is a well-known name in the watchmaking industry and brings a unique technical expertise, making him the ideal person to take the bespoke watchmaking company to even greater heights.
Pim Koeslag comes from a technical background in horology and is a master Watchmaker. Previously, he worked at Frederique Constant and Ateliers de Monaco, where he created many technological developments with watchmaking, including the game-changing Monolithic oscillator.
Christiaan van der Klaauw has grand ambitions, and under his leadership. Pim Koeslag took a majority stake in Christiaan van der Klaauw Astronomical Watches in 2022 and came to the company with over twenty years of experience. The CEO change means the luxury watchmaking company has guaranteed continuity and can continue to develop and grow.
After 14 years as CEO, Daniël Reintjes hands over the reigns to the new CEO, Pim Koeslag. Under Daniël Reintjes’s charge, Christiaan van der Klaauw has developed into a globally known brand of watches with unique astronomical complications. They have had numerous successful innovations in the fourteen years, winning many international awards.
Daniël developed the company into the only watch brand in the world that specialises entirely in the design and production of exclusive, handmade astronomical watches. He formed an extremely successful partnership with the famous jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels. Christiaan van der Klaauw Astronomical Watches has joined the prestigious FHH Haute Horlogerie list and won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2021.
Daniël Reintjes continues as Creative Director and will remain responsible for watch designs. As a co-shareholder of Christiaan van der Klaauw, he also forms the Managing Board of CVDK with Pim Koeslag and Maria Reintjes.Daniël said, “I look back with pride and satisfaction on the past 14 years as CEO of Christiaan van der Klaauw. I am very grateful for the hard work and dedication of the whole team and, in particular, Marketing Director and co-shareholder Maria Reintjes, which has enabled us to develop into the brand we are today.
I look forward to fully focusing on my role as Creative Director and to further develop the design- and creative processes of Christiaan van der Klaauw. I have full confidence in Pim Koeslag as the new CEO, and I am convinced that he is the right person to bring Christiaan van der Klaauw to reach new heights.”
Pim added, “Last year, I was able to experience the Christiaan van der Klaauw brand up close, and I am extremely impressed by the quality of the work and the passion of the team. It is an honour to take on the role of CEO, and I look forward to working with Daniël, Maria and the entire team of Christiaan van der Klaauw to maintain and further expand its position as a leading brand in the international watch industry.”
For more information on Christian van der Klaauw, please visit www.klaauw.com.
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