A memorial service for watchmaker, philanthropist and art connoisseur Severin Wunderman was scheduled for noon on July 3, 2008, at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles.
Wunderman, former maker of Gucci watches and owner of Corum luxury watches, died suddenly of a stroke June 25 while vacationing in Nice, France. He was 69.
Wunderman was renowned in the watch industry for his business acumen in building Gucci and Corum into premiere international watch brands and for his innovative watch designs and lines.
He started and worked with a number of philanthropic and humanitarian interests, including the Severin Wunderman Family Foundation (financing research into incurable illnesses), The Severin Wunderman Collection of Child Survivor Testimonies From the Holocaust, and cancer research, to which he donated millions of dollars.
Wunderman was an ardent and knowledgeable art enthusiast. His collections included the world’s largest set of works by French artist Jean Cocteau. In 2004, France awarded him its highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, for his cultural and philanthropic acts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to a charity of one’s own choice.