DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY
Set up in in 1972 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Cartier watchmaking shines within the Swiss watchmaking industry.
CARTIER WATCHMAKING MANUFACTURES
Cartier Watchmaking Manufactures employ 1200 staff, from more than 30 different nationalities, across 5 sites in 3 cantons (as of 2021).
Built in the year 2000, the Cartier Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds brings together most of the crafts involved in watchmaking, from design through to production, as well as administrative and support services. More than 120 professions are brought together across a 33,000m2 space. Traditional steel or gold watches are developed and produced on this site. The Maison des Métiers d'Art, located just next to this manufacture on an old, renovated farm, is dedicated to crafts like fine watchmaking, fine jewellery, marquetry and enamelling techniques.
Glovier in the Jura plays host to the first steps in watchmaking, metal stamping.
Steel and gold watches are produced and assembled in Villars-sur-Glâne, located in the canton of Fribourg.
The "Manufacturing Lab", where the latest technologies are tested, is found in Couvet.
Preserving the environment is a priority for the Manufacture, who are putting this commitment into practice by developing several areas:
• Eco-design in the development of its new products (finding alternatives to leather straps, extending the battery life, etc).
• Sourcing raw materials and components that respect the environment (recycled gold, suppliers with certifications such as the Responsible Jewellery Council, suppliers committed to reducing their CO2 emissions, etc.)
• Continuously designing and improving infrastructure and production processes to minimise its impact in terms of global warming and pollution ("LEED" certification of its Manufactures, commitment to the "Science Based Target Initiative" for a quantified reduction in its CO2 emissions etc.)
The Manufactures take care of their employees and ensure their well-being on a daily basis. Modern and collaborative workspaces facilitate creativity and idea sharing.
Furthermore, this is part of the Maison's DNA, the Manufactures, who employ people of many nationalities, ensure that everyone has equal opportunity, regardless of their background, gender, age or personal situation.
For the MACH 4.0 concept, the Manufacture has set up an industrial project in order to design the Manufacture of the future, anticipating the evolution of watchmaking professions. The Manufacturing Lab in Couvet tests new initiatives and digital technologies. It's a multi-disciplinary project that aims to improve customer service, product quality and traceability, optimise processes and develop employees' skills.