Thanks to the organization of Bernd in Geneva, we had a terrific visit of Piaget Manufacture on Friday in Plan-les Ouates near Geneva.
Philippe Leopold-Metzger, Piaget CEO and a Kellogg graduate, warmly welcomed us to a gastronomy lunch (see attached picture) before our special tour of the manufacture.
Piaget is a fully integrated manufacturer insuring complete control, unique technologies and the highest quality.
We went through the different stages from Design and development to manufacturing, assembly for the emblematic watches and jewelry.
We had access to the most exclusive ateliers, learnt from Jewelry Masters about precious stones, necklace assembly (million dollar necklace…), estimated the weight and value of a gold bar (1kg and 35k CHF) (see attached picture).
We ended the visit with the Piaget legacy museum with unique pieces that a special team is acquiring across the world at auctions.
Among them, Elizabeth Taylor’s watch, acquired in 2011.
Since it foundation in 1874, Piaget has always made technological innovation one of its top priorities.
The creation in 1957 of the 9P ultra-thin hand-wound movement with a thickness of only 2 mm, soon followed by the arrival in 1960 of the 12P ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement at 2.3 mm demonstrate the emphasis of innovation.
Most recently, the 1208P movement, won the double record of the thinnest self-winding mechanical movement on the market at 2.35 mm, and the thinnest watch in its category at 5.25 mm.
After such a visit, our guide, carried by the interest of our group, was willing to lead us next time in La Côte-aux-Fées, through the watch movement assembly operations!
Many thanks to our host, Philippe Leopold-Metzger, for giving us such an insider view of a unique company.
Reported by Raphael SAVALLE