Philippe Charriol has died in a car accident. The founder of the luxury watch and jewelry brand Charriol was killed while racing at the Le Castellet track in France on February 27.
Though he got emergency treatment at the track and was rushed to a hospital, Charriol, 77, soon passed away. Circuit director Stephane Clair said in a statement to AFP that Charriol, who was passionate about cars, frequented major race circuits.
Charriol founded his brand in luxury brand in 1983. He was the first jeweler to use gold or steel cable as decorative motifs and as watch bracelets, and to this day, the cable is the signature element of the brand's jewelry and accessories. Today, his company has 285 shops and 3,800 sales points all around the world.
"My family and I are so sad," Rustan’s chairman Zenaida Tantoco told Inquirer. "And with the Rustan’s and SSI family, many of whom have worked with him through the years, we mourn his passing and extend our condolences to his kin in this hour of bereavement.
"He was a very good, close personal friend and my heart mourns deeply his passing. The Charriol brand has been a top seller in the Philippines all these years."
(All photos courtesy of SSI)