Steven Kaiser, 68, U.S. Watch Industry Veteran



Watch industry veteran, devoted father, husband, and friend and mentor to countless individuals, Steven Kaiser, died suddenly on May 20. He was 68 years old.

Mr. Kaiser’s illustrious career spanned decades. He worked with luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier, for more than 16 years, serving as President and CEO over the course of his tenure.

In 2000, after two years serving as Executive Shareholder of Benedom Inc., he sold his interest to LVMH and launched Kaiser Time Inc., a full-service consulting, business development, executive recruiting and mergers and acquisitions business that drew on Mr. Kaiser’s vast experience and expertise in the Swiss Watch Market. Kaiser Time quickly established a reputation for its ability to shepherd brands, retailers and industry organizations through the nuances of the Swiss watch industry, allowing them to meet their goals and reach their highest potential in the marketplace. Kaiser Time partnered with dozens of companies over the years and was considered a go-to organization for anyone wanting to ingratiate themselves into the luxury watch market.

In 2005, with the aid and assistance of his longtime associate, Diane James, Mr. Kaiser launched Luxury Swiss Watch by JCK, creating a platform for esteemed timepiece brands to exhibit in the U.S. After a decade of success, Mr. Kaiser and James joined The COUTURE Show as consultants, where they were instrumental in helping the organization grow their roster of exhibiting luxury timepiece brands. In 2021, Mr. Kaiser and James joined Kennedy Luxury Group, an established and well-regarded watches and jewelry retailer in Australia with 14 locations, where Mr. Kaiser accepted the positions of CEO and U.S. President.

Mr. Kaiser’s commitment to the fine jewelry and watch industry was inexhaustible. He served on the Board of Directors of countless organizations over the course of his career, including Jewelers for Children (JFC), Jewelry Information Center (JIC), Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) and Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA), where he has been serving as Chair since 2019. In March of this year, he received JVC’s Stanley Schechter Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007, he received Women’s Jewelry Association’s (WJA) Ben Kaiser Award, an accolade named after Mr. Kaiser’s father.

Funeral services are being held on Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York, NY 10023. The burial is at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla, N.Y. at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and shiva will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 545 West End Avenue, Apartment 12A in New York City.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Steven’s name to Jewelers for Children, an organization that was near and dear to Mr. Kaiser’s heart.



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