Raymond Weil S.A.
My watch reads 12:15 PM as I ride up to watchmaker Raymond Weil's
4-story head office. I'm about five miles from downtown Geneva
on a ridge overlooking the railroad freight yards. Trying the
front doors I find them locked. Hmm, that's typical around here
where from noon to 1:30 most companies shut down.
I ride around the area and return at 2 PM to find receptionist
Jacqueline Badan Zosso unlocking the front doors. "What
time do you close for lunch?" I ask. "12:30",
she answers. I explain what I do and how I sent a letter of introduction
a month earlier to CEO Oliver Bernheim. The receptionist calls
upstairs and no one knows anything about the letter. Just then,
CEO Bernheim comes walking into the lobby. I'm standing right
next to him as Badan Zosso shows him my yellow postcard and explains
in French what I do. Bernheim doesn't even look at the card and
just dismisses the whole thing with a wave of his hand as he
heads to the elevator a few steps away. Bernheim was standing
so close to me I could smell his breath yet he doesn't even acknowledge
my existence---seems to me he has an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
Well, there's nothing special about the building. Receptionist
Badan Zosso says it was built in 1990 but to me it looks older.
About 70 people work here. Didn't see any Raymond Weil watches
on display though Badan Rosso is wearing one.