It looks like Apple has been attempting to hire away watchmakers from Swiss luxury watch brands as part of their much-rumored iWatch, though they are reportedly having some trouble with recruiting. While European watchmakers have been repeatedly contacted by Apple, Google, and others recently, companies like Swatch have little interest in working with them, and employees seem disenclined join tech firms. For instance, Apple has attempted to hire a number of employees from Swiss watchmaker Hublot, but has met with little success, according to Financial Times:
“Apple has contacted some of my employees – I saw the emails personally,” Mr Biver told a Swiss publication, claiming that all those who had been contacted refused the iPhone maker’s advances.
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Source: Financial Times