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September 29, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

Laying of the foundation stone of the new manufacture Montres Jaquet Droz SA

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Founded in 1738, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Jaquet Droz immediately focused on prestigious models and unique pieces. Throughout its history, innovation has been the very core of the brand’s identity.

On 9 September, 2009, Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman of the Swatch Group, Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, and Manuel Emch, President of Montres Jaquet Droz, laid the foundation stone of the new Jaquet Droz Manufacture in Le Crêt-du-Locle. The brand has reached a new stage in its dynamic development since its acquisition by the Swatch Group in 2000.

This celebration initiated the construction of the future head office in the small, green valley of Le Crêt-du-Locle, nestled in the Neuchâtel Mountains.

The first employees will be able to settle into this new location from summer 2010. This site will allow Jaquet Droz to regroup all of its activities under one roof and offers significant growth potential. A showcase for the brand’s technical expertise and craftsmanship, the Manufacture in Le Crêt-du-Locle will eventually be able to accommodate close to a hundred employees.

The Jaquet Droz Manufacture:

-Year of construction: 2009-2010
-Laying of the foundation stone: 09/09/2009
-Inauguration: 10/10/2010
-Land: 6’000 m²
-Buildings: 2’500 m²
-Capacity: 90 persons

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