Grinberg Receives JIC Life Achievement Award

Gedalio "Gerry" Grinberg, founder and chairman of the board of the Movado Group Inc., received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewelry Information Center during JIC's inaugural Gem Awards, presented in January at a black-tie gala. Consumer magazine, newspaper, and international journalists also were honored, and Tiffany & Co. was recognized for its marketing campaign. Grinberg's career in fine watches began in Cuba in the 1950s, where he was exclusive distributor of Omega and Piaget timepieces. In 1960—shortly after Fidel Castro took over Cuba—Grinberg, then 29, emigrated to the United States and began working to develop a market for Swiss luxury watches in America. His company, the North American Watch Co., bought Concord Watch in 1970, and in 1983 it acquired Movado, a small Swiss watchmaker, which Grinberg built into an internationally recognized watch brand. Movad
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