Reto Baumgartner has been collecting watches for many years. Over time he has developed a special passion for mechanical watches. One question has always haunted him: How exactly does the mechanical timepiece work?
The unique about RB Baumgartner are the people who develop this young watch brand every day with great commitment and shape it with their ideas; it is the fascination, emotion and passion of these people that makes RB Baumgartner unique!
Watches are my passion my passion and an imortant part of my life. Watches can be a metaphor for our lives. Their aim is to use available energy as efficiently as posiible so that time can be measured accurately for a long time. We also have to use our strength efficiently, but the whole only works if all parts interact smoothly.
Since 2009, I have been professionally maintaining my fascination for watchmaking. For the names of “my watches” I went looking for small airfields in Switzerland. So, each of these places has a little bit to do with flying and also a little bit to do with me.
Watches are something very special, not just timepieces, but true jewellery with emotions. My godfather gave me my first watch for my confirmation, recently my daughter got her first children’s watch from her godfather and my grandfather’s watch continues to tick on my wrist. Watches accompany you for a lifetime and touch generations. I am very happy to be part of the likeable RB Baumgartner family.
I work together with the RB Baumgartner team in the creation of new watches and the animation of the existing collections. When designing details and proportions, I pay particular attention to remain faithful to the watchmaking spirit of the brand.
I am an industrial designer, co-founder of the studio Bug Me GmbH founded in 2015, together with Marie Boutteçon. We specialize in the watche creation of high-end and jewellery watchmaking. We accompany our clients from the first sketch to the final realization of the product.
The team is actively supported by dear friends and confidants. Not only do they share a passion for RB Baumgartner watches, their expertise and commitment are an important and valued part of RB Baumgartner.
I am a product designer with emotion and passion, always looking for shapes, colours, technology, materials and new product ideas that will inspire the customer. The enthusiasm for watches existed already in my childhood, this timelessness in the product fascinates me still today and will continue to do so for a really long time. Now I can experience these emotions in the collection of RB Baumgartner and give time a face through my work.
It is an honour to photograph Baumgartner watches! The cooperation with the fantastic RB Baumgartner team is enriching and makes daily life special.
25 years of professional experience as a photographer have taught me a lot. But every new assignment is a new challenge which I still approach with respect and curiosity.
My passion? Mountains. The mountains with their beauty and power have a great influence on me. They inspire me in terms of respect, fascination and attraction. I have climbed all the 4000-metre peaks in the Swiss Alps. So it’s given that I name the collection of “my watches” after mountains…
Swiss champion Kumite U16 and U18
Member of Swiss Karate National Team
Karate is my passion. This martial art, which is full of power, discipline and precision fascinates me extremely and gives me a lot of self-confidence and safety in everyday situations. Since summer 2019, I visit the Gymnasium Hofwil, where I’ve been take-up in a talent class with sport guys, artists and musicians. As a young person, I feel bound to take care of our environment and prefer regional products what RB Baumgartner guarantees definitely. My daily routine is textured clearly what makes the time to a really important factor. RB Baumgarnter ticks the right tact. I’m looking forward to represent the regional brand and become a part of the friendly RB Baumgartner family.
100 Wreaths, 2 of them Federal ones
Victory at the Bernese Cantonal Festival 2014
I grew up in Studen and attended a Swiss “Schwing” training for the first time when I was 9 years old. Since then, “Schwingen” has been my great passion. I find the fight man to man particularly fascinating. But I am also impressed by the camaraderie, the tradition and the great fairness. The Federal Swiss “Schwing” Festival in Pratteln 2022 is certainly still one of my biggest goal. In addition, I hope to stay as healthy as possible, to continue having fun and to be able to “Schwingen” at the top for as long as possible. In “Schwingen” , besides endurance, it is important to overwhelm the opponent with the right move at the right time. Timing is extremely important. That’s why a timepiece suits me wonderfully. I also really like the sporty watches from Reto.
2nd Olympic time trial Tokyo 2020
2nd World Championship Time Trial 2020 and 2021
European Time Trial Champion 2021
Cyclist of the Year 2020
I grew up in Hindelbank on my parents’ farm. After graduating from high school, I studied medicine and worked as a surgical assistant. While I was still preparing for the Road World Championships in Innsbruck, I worked part-time as a doctor in the hospital in Langnau. I liked cycling from early on and at the age of 22 I was the youngest cyclist to take part in the Alpine Brevet. In 2017, I got my first licence and was able to celebrate my first successes; I became a two-time Swiss champion. In 2019, I won the European Games and reached sixth place at the World Championships. Ath the beginning of 2019 I decided to give up my job as a surgical assistant to dedicate myself to a professional career. In 2020 and 2021 I was runner-up in the individual time trial and a year later I won gold at the European Championships. But my biggest success so far is certainly the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. At the end of 2020, I was voted Swiss Cyclist of the Year, which really touched me. In the future, I want to continue to achieve good results and develop further in cycling.
Why am I a brand ambassador for RB Baumgartner? Quite simply, time and timing are central factors in cycling and clock my everyday life. Moreover, just like Reto, I am a career changer. We both have chosen the risk of a new beginning and that connects us.