An open-source movement is under development in Switzerland. A first in the watch industry, technical drawings will be made available to users whose modifications and improvements will then benefit others.
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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.
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.
Managing Director of Montblanc's Watch Division since 2015, Davide Cerrato doesn't want to dissolve Minerva within the brand but to instil its values. A strategy that has already made its mark in the TimeWalker collection.