Masterpieces are made with attention-to-detail, precision, and expertise. In Swiss watch making, all these certainly hold true.
The Rolex manufacturing facility located in Bienne, Switzerland is one such makers of masterpiece. Only a very select few can be given the chance to enter the exclusive facility. But the process of creating Rolex watches is undeniably thorough. Some interesting facets about the Bienne plant include the following:
- 2,000 people work in the facility and they manufacture 750,000 movements annually (all these are sent to the COSC for certification).
- Plates and bridges are made by robots in 12-foot modules. Once a module finishes its work, a monorail sends the output to the next pod.
- Some aspects of the hairsprings are created by a 2400-degree furnace.
- The manufacturing process only tolerates two microns (few hundredths of the diameter of your hair). Specialists also inspect the output with microscopes to ensure perfection.
- Employees ride Rolex bikes to travel between the manufacturing plants of the “Bienne campus.”
- The Rolex Daytona 4130 movement requires 200 points of lubrication.