Richemont Opens Site Dedicated to Haute Horologie

By Paul Joseph

Richemont, owner of some of the world’s most famous watch brands, has opened a new site on the outskirts of Geneva dedicated to the field of haute horologie.

Spread across five buildings, the Campus Genevois de Haute Horlogerie is intended to be a forum for dialogue and exchange of knowledge, and a vehicle for promotion and strengthening the world of high-end watchmaking.

According to Richard Lepeu, CEO of the Richemont, the campus will “create an incubator, promote synergies, provoke interaction between actors within the same industry”.

As well as Maisons Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Roger Dubuis, Van Cleef & Arpels and Vacheron Constantin, the site is also home to the Atelier de Maroquinerie, a research and production laboratory for alligator leather straps, the headquarters of Richemont Europe and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

A polishing workshop is due to open its doors on the campus soon, while the site is also a hub for research and training activities. A cornerstone of this international centre of excellence is the Ecole des Métiers et Artisans de Haute Horlogerie, which provides training, certification and qualifications for a variety of different users.

The campus currently houses 1,000 employees, with this figure expected to rise to 1,200 by 2020.

By Paul Joseph