Glashütte

The art of watchmaking since 1845.

GLASHÜTTE IN PROFILE

For over 170 years, the name Glashütte has been a byword for the fine art of watchmaking with German precision. Today, the exclusive timepieces are produced by what is already the sixth generation of watchmakers and engineers. Thanks to the premium materials used, the extensive in-house manufacturing and, above all, the exceptional design, they belong to the most exclusive segment of all.

HOW INVISION PLAYS ITS PART

After the reunification of Germany, the time-honoured company was temporarily owned by the Treuhandanstalt – the agency responsible for privatising East German enterprises – and was subsequently taken over by two entrepreneurs. In the course of the succession arrangements, INVISION acquired an equity investment and was instrumental in the company’s efforts to further professionalise itself, move into international markets and firmly position itself in the luxury watch segment.


Together with the management team, we were able to establish Glashütte as a premium luxury brand thanks to its product innovations, quality design and its own watchmaking manufactory.


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Industry

Luxury goods (watch manufactury)

Number of employees

100

Revenue

EUR 20 Mio.

Invested

1998-2000

Type of investment

Succession

Website

www.glashuette-original.com

MILESTONES

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

  • Positioning Glashütte as an exclusive luxury brand by developing new high-quality models
  • Establishing a renowned consultant for assisting the management team, particularly with regard to strategic matters
  • Establishing sales partnerships and new distributors

OPERATIONAL MEASURES

  • International expansion and strengthening the sales team
  • Expanding the management team
  • Modernising the production location
  • Increasing the sales price and improving the margins

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