In full compliance with all the hygienic-sanitary recommendations issued by the Swiss Federal Council, starting last week, employees engaged in production have begun to return to work, albeit with orrare and reduced attendance. From Patek Philippe a Rolex, from the group's manufactories Kering to those of LVMH, we start again, applying the strict security protocol requested by the Government Swiss, to restart the sector.
An official note from Patek Philippe explained that he had restarted the production sectors and those connected to them, which have never been able to work remotely, since 27 April, reducing the hours and the presence of employees, as well as by disposition of the Swiss Federal Council. Instead, for some time to come, smartworking will continue for those sectors that have already been operating remotely since the first days of the block.
Also Audemars Piguet e Rolex have resumed from 4 May, e Breitling from 27 April, as well as the brands of the French group Kering which had announced the partial reopening of the factories in Girard-Perregaux a La Chaux-de-Fonds and Ulysse Nardin a Le Locle. They have also taken over in the same way those of the watch division of the French luxury giant LVMH, Hublot, Tag Heuer e Zenith.
Among the maison of the group Richemont, A.Lange & Söhne, in Germany, e IWC they never stopped working while maintaining the highest safety standards for their watchmakers. The same IWC, on April 22 on Instagram with a post from CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr, announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Swiss company Brütsch, a company specializing in electronic medical devices, to help you in realization of its products intended for intensive care, reconverting, for the time that will be necessary, also a team of watchmakers on this project.
Panerai he explained that during the long period of smartworking, many interventions were made in the manufacture such as the insertion of plexiglass separators, markers on the floors and equipment of masks and sanitizing solutions for all the staff, as well as the temperature control at each entrance . To allow some work teams to gradually return, the first from April 27, others from May 4, in complete safety and to be able to begin the delivery of new products, two separate shifts were therefore introduced, with the obligation of never having two people present at the same time in the same place, in the hope of returning to normal from next September. Nick Hayek, Ceo and president of Swatch Group, on the sidelines of the press conference on the balance sheet data of 2019 last March 19, had announced that their brands would not have completely shut down the production sites but that they would only limit the work by opting to close some departments, and then monitor the situation day by day.