The Audemars Piguet Musée Atelier, which opened to visitors at end June in Vallée de Joux, chronicles the exceptional expertise of a company established in 1875, in a remarkable avant-garde building that commands respect and admiration.
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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.
Japan's Citizen Watch is marking its territory in Switzerland with movement specialist La Joux-Perret and its components-maker Prototec, at the service of Frédérique Constant, Alpina and Arnold & Son. A melting pot of nationalities that makes the group's Swiss-Made something of a global village.
Originally a saddlemaker, Hermès prolongs this expertise within its watchmaking division with some of the finest leather straps in the business. The heart of this activity is in Biel, where La Montre Hermès opened in 1978.
The Geneva brand is showing no signs of slowing in 2017, with the opening of a boutique inside Harrods, London's temple of luxury, a partnership with Pirelli and another with Italdesign. Roger Dubuis is playing the "disruptive" card to full effect, with customer experience now part of the deal.
Earlier this month, the Le Brassus watchmaker hosted an official ceremony to lay the first stone of its future museum. This futuristic building – a half-buried glass and concrete spiral with roof garden – will be joined, on the other side of the Manufacture, by the brand's second project: a luxury hotel, currently under construction.