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On 1st December 2019, the board of the “German Watch Museum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek” foundation appointed a new director.
European business correspondent Ms Anne-Kathrin Tylla (38) has been employed by the founder, Glashütte Original, as a legal and administrative project manager since 2003, and as assistant to the CFO of the Glashütte Original manufactory.
The board decided on Ms Tylla, born in Saxony, because she already had eight years of successful work as a project manager under her belt, dealing with the economic and legal concerns of the “German Watch Museum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek” foundation on behalf of the foundation’s board and the management.
As director, Ms Tylla will continue the ongoing business dealings of the foundation from the background, in accordance with the specifications of the foundation’s board, and take appropriate measures in line with the foundation’s statutes for the three core areas of culture, science and education. She will report directly to the board of the foundation. This year’s chair is Frank Kittel, CFO of the Glashütte Original manufactory.
Reinhard Reichel will remain museum director until September 2020
Since 2014, Reinhard Reichel has personally united the positions of museum director of the German Watch Museum Glashütte and director of the foundation.
He has decided to relinquish the post of foundation director somewhat ahead of schedule, in order to dedicate himself fully to the ongoing running of the museum and the induction of his successor during his last year as museum director.
On 1st September 2020, Reinhard Reichel will hand over the management of the watch museum after 28 years, bid farewell and enter his well-deserved retirement.
Mr Reichel will still be available to advise the foundation as a specialist.
About the “German Watch Museum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek” foundation
The “German Watch Museum Glashütte – Nicolas G. Hayek” foundation was founded in 2006, and belongs to the city of Glashütte and the Glashütte Original manufactory.
The aim of the foundation is to promote art and culture, science and research, and education in the field of watchmaking craftsmanship. With the German Watch Museum Glashütte, the restoration workshop, the specialist library and the archive – as well as through various projects and activities – watchmaking expertise, valuable documents and unique exhibits worldwide are preserved and made accessible to the wider public.
The objective of the founders here is to pass on traditions and knowledge of watchmaking to new generations, to preserve the cultural heritage and to enhance the Glashütte site in a sustainable way.
In the course of the year 2019, the German Watch Museum Glashütte will convert the entire interior lighting to energy-efficient LED Technology.
In the first project phase, the lighting technology of the special exhibition room will be converted. From 21 June 2019, visitors can experience the results in the new special exhibition “Mühle-Glashütte: A family of the watch industry”.
The museum will be closed from November 03, 2019 until December 01, 2019. Then the entire lighting technology of the permanent exhibition will be converted to LED.
The project is made possible by funding from the EAFRD within the framework of the EPLR 2014-2020. The State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture (SMUL), department of Funding Strategy, EAFRD Administrative Authority, is responsible for implementing the EAFRD funding in the Free State of Saxony
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, a performer who normally puts others in the spotlight found himself at centre stage: the German Watch Museum Glashütte celebrated its 10th anniversary in the atrium of the Glashütte Original manufactory. The proximity of the manufactory to the museum was not the only reason the venue was appropriate: as co-founder of the “German Watch Museum – Nicolas G. Hayek” Foundation, the manufactory is directly involved in the project.
Markus Dressler, board director of the foundation and mayor of Glashütte, Frank Kittel, board director of the foundation and managing director of Glashütte Original, and Reinhard Reichel, director of the museum, highlighted its importance to Glashütte, the region and the German watch industry. In their remarks, they addressed more than 100 invited guests, among them politicians and business persons, lenders, contemporary witnesses, partner museums and representatives of local watchmaking companies. The evening ended with an athmospheric fireworks display in front of the museum.
Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, of which Glashütte Original has been a member since the year 2000, congratulated the museum and its team: “Heartfelt congratulations go to the German Watch Museum Glashütte on its anniversary. Ten years – that’s the blink of an eye in the centuries-long history of Glashütte, but it’s a milestone for the foundation that proudly carries my father’s name. The town continues to write history today, and the German Watch Museum Glashütte will contribute to preserving the art of measuring time in the future as well.”
Celebrations were not confined to the atrium at Glashütte Original; on Tuesday, the foundation invited visitors to the town to a lively family day. Many families took advantage of the school holidays to dive into the fascinating world of watches. On a bright sunny day the museum employees and approx. 500 interested guests celebrated the special anniversary, and were surprised to learn that for many people, the museum is still considered an insider tip.
Numerous visitors from around the world
Across an exhibition area of some 1,000 square meters in the historic building in the heart of the town, the history of Glashütte watchmaking is presented, and with it the history of the Glashütte Original manufactory, in chronological order and open to experience with all five senses. One can admire unique exhibits, follow the vicissitudes of industry players, and hear fascinating stories. Since the museum opened ten years ago, this mix has attracted around 365,000 visitors from a total of 114 countries, from Asia, Australia, Africa, the Americas and, of course, Europe.
A correspondingly broad range of languages can be heard at the museum: guided tours are offered in German, English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Russian, along with audio guides to the permanent collection in German, English, Chinese and Czech. A closer look reveals a great variety among the visitors as well: they come alone, in groups, with other senior citizens, or as families with children. Since 2014 the museum has expanded its pedagogical activities and has offered individual learning and experience modules for classes of schoolchildren of different ages since 2016.
Over the last ten years the permanent exhibition, conceived as an interactive multimedia experience, has not been the only feature drawing visitors from far and near. Regular special exhibitions with a focus on notable Glashütte personalities, significant periods in the history of the local watch industry, and related topics, have proven equally magnetic. In this regard the special exhibitions, “When fractions of a second make the difference”, about the history of sports timing, and “Calculated!”, dedicated to the less well-known subject of Glashütte calculators and organised in partnership with the Arithmeum mathematics museum in Bonn, were particularly successful in attracting visitors.
The foundation – a collective memory
The non-profit “German Watch Museum – Nicolas G. Hayek” Foundation was formed jointly in 2006 by the town of Glashütte and watchmaker Glashütte Original. It serves the small town with a significant history as a collective memory, supporting art, culture, science, research and education related to the craft of watchmaking.
Although the German Watch Museum Glashütte is doubtless the most prominent of the foundation’s children, the reach of its activities extends far beyond the museum. A restoration workshop, specialist library, comprehensive archive and a wide range of projects in Germany and abroad serve to maintain valuable knowledge, documents and exhibits that are unique in the world, and to make them available to the public at large.