some few travel impressions by a factory tour organized by "UhrenMagazin", the german-based leading watch magazine in September 2005.
The round trip visit included Audemars Piguet, APRP (Renaud&Papi), Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chopard and Girard-Perregaux. This great tour was accompanied by the highly
experienced watch enthusiast and industry insider Thomas H. Ernst and watch journalist Thomas Wanka, which guarantee no interesting view was to be missed!
While the full set of pictures, which gives an interesting insight into production capacities and the work actually done at each of the brands, is accessible on a private website only, here is a couple of pictures, courtesy of Thomas H. Ernst:
units of the BMW ORACLE RACING "Team Watch", to be auctioned in the US
calibrating a movement plate
Willy Schweizer (GP) explaining the work done in GP´s "moyen manufacture"
assembly of a movement
assembly of a GP30C0 column-wheel chronograph module
pictures courtesy of Thomas H. Ernst for use on ThePuristS.com only
As you see, interesting views and - well worth a travel!
Greetings from germany,