To answer increasing demand for its masterpieces, Patek Philippe has opened a new production facility in Le Brassus towards the end of last year. The official inauguration of the center occurred on December 9 in the presence of Philippe Stern who is the Honorary President of the brand, Claude Peny who acts as the General Manager, the press, and local authorities.
The new facility was completed on time. Work on building and renovation started on March 2010 and ended in September. Patek Philippe moved to the premises in autumn. Some of the facilities in the new building included three workshops that used to be located in Le Sentier; it currently employs 25 people but this figure can double in the next several years.
Let’s break down the three workshops: the watch making workshop is supervised by twelve expert watchmakers who specialize in Patek Philippe perpetual calendar movements; the Haute Horlogerie workshop which is manned by five watchmakers who assemble, finish, and case-up the timepieces – they are also responsible for the acoustic regulation of self-winding minute repeaters; and the International Customer Service which has eight watchmakers. They maintain and repair complicated watches.
The building was previously owned by La Pierrette. It has four levels as well as a basement that houses technical rooms for electricity, heating, water, and drainage among others.