October 1, 2023 (today) marks the 22nd anniversary of the death of one of modern horology’s greatest personalities: Günter Blümlein. A great leader, motivator and visionary. I have had the personal pleasure of meeting and knowing this great man, and offer this memory.
Over the years, we have written and published several In Memoriam articles to mark the passing of this great leader for the watch industry. Please refer to these published articles which honour him:
- In Memorial article published in 2016 on occasion of the 15th anniversary of his passing. In this article, I outline his life story and how he became a powerful impact to the industry and the three brands directly under his care: A. Lange & Söhne, IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
- A reflection on the memories I have of him, published in 2017.
- Further photographs from his life, published in 2018.
- a tribute by our Special Correspondent, Dr. Frank Müller, remembering Blümlein, who was his mentor, published in 2020.
Some say he was the greatest among those who managed the industry, nurtured her talents, and built the brands under their care. I would not argue with those who opine so. For they speak the truth.
As it is no longer possible to show new photographs of Mr. Blümlein, here are some from our archives (taken from the articles listed above).
Let us collectively light a candle in his memory, and whisper a private prayer.