Inauguration of a new watch component manufacturing facility in the Vallée de Joux
In Le Brassus, a village located at the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Vacheron Constantin has decided to unite under one roof its watch component production activities previously spread between three different buildings. Above and beyond the geographical regrouping aspect, this new move by Vacheron Constantin is part of a long-term vision, since this entity – encompassing cutting-edge technologies alongside exclusive manual traditions – is designed to accommodate even larger staff numbers in future in order to keep pace with steadily growing demand. Whereas the Manufacture in Le Brassus is exclusively dedicated to watch component production, other tasks such as movement assembly, casing-up and final controls are handled in the Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates.
A watch component manufacturing facility equipped with high-performance machinery and organised according to a modern and efficient production process: the new production facility that Vacheron Constantin has just inaugurated in Le Brassus is propelling the brand towards a well-programmed future.
Designed to meet the ever growing requirements anticipated for the coming years, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in the Vallée de Joux will house over 200 employees – out of the total 900 currently working for the brand – by the end of the year and could well accommodate over 300 by around 2016-2017. As well as representing an efficient, high-performance production facility, this new Manufacture testifies to Vacheron Constantin’s determination to integrate a consistently larger range of professions and to produce all its mechanical movements while having 100% of its production certified by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
A new innovative work organisation has been implemented but the age-old gestures and skills involved in these processes remain unaltered. Indeed, every single part of Vacheron Constantin’s mechanical movements is manually decorated on all faces, even those that will remain forever hidden, which represents the unique signature of a Vacheron Constantin watch. The new Manufacture in Le Brassus will handle the training of apprentices in all sectors of production including decorative crafts, therefore preparing the next generation.
“This new component manufacturing site is a significant step for our Maison”, points out Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO, Vacheron Constantin. “Not only will it enable us to develop our production capacity and to incorporate new skills, but it even more significantly demonstrates our confidence in the future and our capacity to look to the long term.”
Alongside this new entity in the Vallée de Joux, Vacheron Constantin is also building its future on the site of its Geneva-based headquarters, since the Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates is currently undergoing substantial extension work. Its surface is set to double and thus reach a total 17,000 square metres.
Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin ; Anne-Catherine Lyon, Head of training, youth and culture department of the « canton de Vaud » ; Phili...
Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin ; Anne-Catherine Lyon, Head of training, youth and culture department of the « canton de Vaud » ; Philippe Leuba, Head of economy department of the « canton de Vaud » ; Jeannine Rainaud-Meylan, representative of Chenit « commune »