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Architecture & Design

Vacheron Constantin's component manufacture in Vallée de Joux

It was in Le Brassus, at the heart of Vallée de Joux, that Vacheron Constantin decided to gather its production of watch components under one roof, hitherto divided into three buildings. 

By David Richard

A modern yet timeless shape

This is decidedly an initiative for the long run, since it is expected that the facilities – bringing together cutting-edge technology and the most exclusive manual tradition – host a bigger workforce in the future in order to meet growing demand. While the manufacture in Le Brassus only produces watch components, the one in Plan-les-Ouates assembles and encases movements, and is in charge of the final quality control.

Presentation

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Title: Vacheron Constantin's component manufacture in Vallée de Joux
Address: 100b Route de France, CH-1348 Le Brassus, Canton of Vaud
Telephone: +41 21 706 61 00
Website: http://www.vacheron-constantin.com
Use: Component manufacture
CEO: Juan-Carlos Torres
Laying of the foundation stone: September 2011
Delivery date: August 2013

Some figures

  • Surface area: 17,000 m2
  • Right of way 504 m2 7,000 m2
  • 14,000 m3 of grading
  • 6,400 m3 of concrete reinforced by 830 tons of steel
  • 140 kilometers of computer and electric cables
  • 42 geothermic probes
  • 38 tons of air ducts
  • 21 kilometers of piping
  • Current number of employees 200 (administration and production)
  • Number of staff expected: 300 to 350

A sustainable environment

To reinforce the environmental aspect throughout the building's lifespan, particularly during the construction stage, Vacheron Constantin used the "SMEO" software, commonly used for sustainable construction. It's an evaluation tool that helps to make decisions by analyzing the potential impact of a construction project during its whole life cycle – design, construction, use, maintenance, and eventually, demolition.  

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