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Patek Philippe reopens watchmaking facility

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Patek Philippe reopened its production facilities in Geneva today, Monday April 27.

A statement to WatchPro confirmed that manufacturing and all other departments have opened.

“Patek Philippe will reopen its production facilities and all other departments as of Monday 27th April 2020, with reduced daily working hours as well as staff presence on site, following the Swiss Government recommendations. All employees already working remotely will continue until further notice,” the company says.

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Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, two of the Swiss watch industry’s top three independently-owned watchmakers, closed their manufactures on March 21.

Rolex shut down its facilities on March 17 and there has been no word so far on reopening.

Switzerland is well past its peak of new cases and deaths from Coronavirus.

Late March, the country was recording over 1000 new cases and more than 70 deaths per day.

Those figures are now down to fewer than 200 new cases and around 10 deaths per day.

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