Weltklasse Zürich – World-class Beyer
As soon as the winners of the individual athletic disciplines at the Letzigrund Stadium are known, the mobile phone in Beyer’s watch workshop starts vibrating. Ernst Baschung immediately sets to work, carefully engraving the names of Tomas Walsh, of Andreas Hofmann, or of the gold medallist in the discipline of 200 metres, Noah Lyles. After the last SMS and last engraving, Ernst Baschung gets into his car and takes the plaques to the athletes’ hotel. Here they are mounted onto the trophies and the victorious athletes are presented with their personified “diamonds”.
Carlo Mutschler, head of the goldsmiths’ department, designed the diamond trophies that the 16 winners take home with them eight years ago. And they are still made by Beyer today. Carlo Mutschler regards it as a very special honour to sit in the stadium and witness how 25,000 spectators spur on the athletes to achieve top performances so that they can walk off with “his diamonds”.