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.
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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.
Owned since 2001 by Pascal Raffy, Bovet 1822 is joining the historic Maisons exhibiting at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie as from 2019. This comes as just recognition for the entrepreneur, who has made every investment to rebuild Bovet as a full-fledged manufacture.
Customisation, even made-to-measure, is all the rage. Speake-Marin's Cabinet des Mystères has the necessary resources to produce, in-house and on demand, one-of-a-kind timepieces and limited editions.
Richard Mille, together with friend and business partner Dominique Guénat, has built up a small industrial empire of four companies and a 150-strong workforce in Les Breuleux, where the brand's watches are made amidst beautiful Swiss countryside.
Watch enthusiasts who are curious to learn more about the inner workings of a Manufacture can sign up for a tour of Zenith. The Neuchâtel Tourism Board has chosen the brand as part of its initiatives to promote Swiss watchmaking expertise.