Cartier, the famous jeweller Parisian (Tank, Santos, Panther, blue balloon, Must, and lately the size), has his own factory that produces calibres of haute horlogerie and supports the customer service of the brand watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. Visit in ‘lush glass which crystallizes craftsmanship.
Located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of a region of great watchmaking tradition, the Cartier manufacture is one of the largest manufactures in integrated production of Switzerland. A case of glass, dominated by the peaks of the Jura that fits seamlessly in the middle of pastures and fir trees and spreads over an area of 30,000.
All watchmaking know-how are represented with 175 occupations, organized in three major areas: development, production Fake Watches and customer service. “A place and action unit that ensures, through mastery of all stages of production, sustainability of Cartier watches” ensures the brand in its release.
Between advanced technology and craft, the Cartier manufacture relies primarily on the exceptional expertise of more than one thousand employees of 37 different nationalities. A human wealth unparalleled, custodian of age-old know-how that Cartier continues with determination through a device of internal training and the integration of Arts and crafts.
Indeed, further highlighting the mark, “the Cartier Manufacture fits among the few manufactures only able to design, produce and maintain its own watches and movements, be they simple or complications, they date from yesterday or from today.
Place of encounter between modernity and watchmaking tradition, the manufacture allows creativity, precision and innovation to explore without constraint of new territories. From its origin, it wished to distinguish themselves by an organization based on a process of continuous improvement. A true philosophy that places customer satisfaction at the heart of all decisions, that embodies the project ‘ Made in Cartier “, appeared in 2005.
“Through this project, each employee regardless of his profession, is involved in an active listening to the customer. Involvement and commitment common who enroll in a continuous progress approach, fully turned to the quality of the products and the Cartier service” provides release innovation is a State of mind which the factory supports unconditionally. A desire to go further aroused by high technology, but especially by the creative vitality of men and their ideas.
It is this momentum that Cartier encourages through the THINK TANK project, born in 2007. “A team, a place, as is the concept of this project involving research forces in the form of a single building, and development by optimizing the spatial and temporal organization. A concept which allows the factory to promote at the same time the communication and circulation of ideas, to see ideas quickly turn into reality produced.
Innovation by the temporal and spatial skills organization applies to the whole of the manufacture. Thus, abandoning a traditional conception of production where the know-how were divided and isolated from each other, the space Production of the factory, following methods used in other industrial sectors, is organized today in islets comprising all the know-how necessary for the production of a watch or a movement.
This teamwork is designed to stimulate the sharing of artisanal know-how and must contribute to continuously improve the quality of the creations of the House. “A talent pool that enables Cartier to be among the few factories capable of producing almost all of the components of a watch or a movement from A to Z: boxes, bracelets, needles, mirrors, plates, bridges…”. “further underlines the brand in its release.
Once manufactured, the components are transferred through a sas in the Espace Horloger movements, watch heads and Replica Breitling watches bracelets are assembled. The air is continuously filtered and recycled to combat the appearance of dust which could deposit on the smallest parts of the movement or the watch.
Real “conductors” of the infinitely small, the watchmakers of the manufacture assemble, one by one, hundreds of components. By hand, then using precision instruments, they are ultimate careful adjustment of mechanical movements until a perfect timekeeping.
Throughout their development, Cartier watches are intransigent controls within a laboratory entirely dedicated to quality tests. Master watchmakers are experiencing the reliability of each new model using a protocol of more than 150 tests applied to the qualification of the movement, components and finally the assembled watch.
Supported by advanced technology, this process allows the master watchmakers to submit watches traditional sealing and testing of shock as well as extreme weather conditions or high-intensity magnetic fields. The smooth running of the calibre, meanwhile, is controlled using a camera high speed (33 000 frames per second) allowing to detect any malfunction.