Not known for architectural swagger, Swatch Group has cut the ribbon on the new Swatch headquarters. The snake-like building is like nothing ever seen before in the branch. For Nick Hayek, it's about sparking the emotions and arousing curiosity.
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It's not every day you meet a mountain-climbing, free-diving, Alpine-horn-loving watchmaker. David Candaux carries on not just a family tradition but that of the region he calls home, giving a fresh twist to the heritage that runs through Vallée de Joux. Introducing the newest member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI).
For three decades, the Geneva-based firm has been supplying the leading fine watch brands, with an unerring flair for the directions the industry is taking. It is also a longstanding advocate of ethical practices and sustainable development. Portrait of a company and the man behind it.
Recently, I had the distinct privilege of touring the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture in Le Sentier. For an entire day, I was immersed in the culture of the brand, spending time in each of the company’s intensely sophisticated departments. Take a look behind the scenes with me.
Greubel Forsey doesn't make watches. It crafts timepieces which, one by one, rebuild the expertise that fell by the wayside of the quartz crisis. We visited the brand in Le Crêt-du-Locle.
The enormous advantage of the luminous elements developed by MB-Microtech lies in their continuous luminosity that does not need any activation, whereas SuperLuminova-coated watch hands only remain luminous for several hours after having been exposed to light.
Already with two sites in the village of Le Lieu and a third in Arch, this specialist in additional mechanisms recently moved into new premises in Les Charbonnières, in La Vallée de Joux. This bricks-and-mortar expansion has been matched by a CHF 4 million investment in equipment. At stake: the market for pre-assembled components.
Opened at end August, the new 13,500 square-metre production facility is designed to optimise the entire manufacturing process. There is also a special circuit for visitors who can witness every stage in production.