Apple recruits TAG Heuer exec to launch iWatch

Plans to push the ‘Swiss made’ iWatch out in October

Apple has reportedly hired the sales director of watch maker TAG Heuer with plans to market the iWatch under the luxurious ‘Swiss made’ label.

Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of the LVMH company that owns TAG Heuer, told CNBC his number one sales executive departed last week "to take a contract with Apple" to launch the iWatch.

Apple has been attempting to hire a number of employees from Swiss watch makers in the past few months but found little success until now.

Prominent watch makers were reportedly skeptical of joining the Apple team as they had little faith in the future of smartwatches.

"For sure they are trying to approach the Swiss manufacturers, but the Swiss have got no great interest in working with Apple – if you are a luxury producer and you cooperate with Apple, you have got a dilution," luxury goods analyst Mario Ortelli said.

"They don't want to dilute the value of the Swiss name," he added.

But now Apple has its man, it plans to market the iWatch as ‘Swiss made’ to enhance the value of the device.

Apple’s iWatch is expected to show its face in October.