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Ralf Hilbich

Best of the BestRed Dot Award for Oris

Oris Product Development Manager Ralf Hilbich recently experienced one of the proudest moments of his career. He travelled to Essen in Germany to receive the Red Dot 'Best of the Best' design award for the Oris BC4 Flight Timer. As the world’s biggest and best-recognised international design award, the award ceremony attracted 1200 designers from 34 countries worldwide. Among the 49 ‘Best of the Best’ award winners for 2009 were companies including Apple, VW, Sony, Philips, Seat and Oris! We caught up with Ralf after the event to find out how it felt to be a ‘best of the best’ winner at such a great event.

Ralf Hilbich: “It was absolutely amazing to be a part of the Red Dot awards ceremony. To sit in the front row of an auditorium packed with more than 1000 star designers really made me realise how special the BC4 Flight Timer must be to win such an award. It was really interesting to see which other companies and innovative products had won awards – all voted for by a panel of international judges. When I went up on stage to collect the award it was a very exciting moment. In the background a video of the BC4 Flight Timer was playing to show the rest of the audience the special features and explain why it had been chosen to be one of the ‘Best of the Best’. After the ceremony, there was a celebratory Winner’s Dinner in the Design Museum and a chance to see all the winning products on display. I’m still trying to take in the fact that an Oris watch won such an amazing award.”