Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek

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Nicolas Hayek, the Lebanese-born founder of the Swiss watchmaker Swatch, has died at the age of 82, the company announced on Tuesday. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hayek, who was still chairman of the company, died unexpectedly at work on Monday. (Getty Images)
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Hayek talks with to his son, Nick Hayek Jr, CEO of the Swatch Group, in 2007 in Duebendorf. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Hayek has been widely credited with saving the Swiss watch industry when he founded Swatch in 1985. (Getty Images)
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Olympic star Michael Johnson and supermodel Tyra Banks join Hayek as he cuts the ribbon to open a Swatch store in New York in December 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Swatches are shown on display at the Swatch CreArt Collection Launch Party last year in New York City. (Getty Images)
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(L-R) Swiss People's Party (SVP) Vice president Christoph Blocher, Hayek and Socialist Party president Christian Levrat pose for a photograph. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tue 29 Jun 2010 01:21 PM GST