Hublot Chairman Jean-Claude Biver has broken ground on the construction of a second building at the Swiss site of the watchmaker’s manufacture.
When complete the second building will add 8,000 square metres of production facilities to the company’s arsenal, more than doubling the floorspace of the manufacture at Nyon.
The building project represents an investment of CHF 20million (£13.56m) and will create 100 new positions within the company. Biver, also president of LVMH Group’s watch division, turned over the first sod of earth with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe.
The new building will be dedicated to the production of components for manufacture movements and watch cases with the addition of micro-mechanical workshops, a bank of CNC machines and facilities specialising in decoration, electroplating and washing. After sales service and administration offices will also be added once the project is completed in August next year.
The additional space will also allow for reorganisation within the current building and will see the Innovation, Research and Development department, responsible for new materials and grand complication movements, expand across the entire ground floor.
Other manufacturing departments at Hublot will also be expanded while the company’s production unit at Gland, responsible for the manufacture of carbon fibre components and cases, will be moved to the Nyon site.