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Patek Philippe opens new production centre

Patek Philippe NautilusA new Patek Philippe production centre was opened in Le Brassus at the end of 2010. Combining the activities of watchmaking, haute horlogerie and watch decoration.The official inauguration of the new building took place on 9 December in the presence of Philippe Stern, the Honorary President of Patek Philippe and its General Manager Claude Peny and the press.Carried out in record time, building and renovation work started back in March of 2010 and ended at the beginning of September the same year. Patek moved into the premises in the autumn. The building contains three workshops previously located in Le Sentier and currently employs 25 people, a figure which could and most probably will double in years to come. The watchmaking workshop is manned by twelve watchmakers, specializes in the setting of Patek  perpetual calendar modules and the Haute Horlogerie workshop, employing five watchmakers, is responsible for the assembly, finishing, casing-up and acoustic regulation of self-winding minute repeaters. Lastly, International Customer Service, with eight watchmakers, takes charge of the maintenance and repair of there complication pieces.The Geneva based watch manufacturer chose to strengthen its presence in the Joux Valley to gain access to a qualified workforce and move closer to specialist schools and colleges, thereby helping to promote and consolidate the much sought after watchmaking expertise.

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