In July 2007, Ms. Jasmine Audemars, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audemars Piguet and Mr. Georges-Henri Meylan, then CEO, laid the foundation for the new factory at the brand’s headquarters in Le Brassus.
This ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of a new factory, which will be constructed in accordance with the newly issued Swiss MINERGIE-ECO® standard, which is the first time that industrial buildings have implemented this standard.
The new plant complies with the MINERGIE-ECO® standard, which is reflected in user comfort, energy saving, and building health and environmental protection. The materials used in the entire construction process are either recycled or have little harm to the environment: fiber cement is used for the outer wall, aluminum alloy is used for the window frame, and the building materials are non-toxic and solvent-free. Wooden floors FSC certified, as well as water-soluble paints.
A zero-carbon thermal power station was built near the site to ensure that the remote heating needs of more than 100 buildings in Audemars Piguet and nearby villages are met in due course. At the same time, the house is also equipped with an automatic cooling system. Taking full advantage of the unique local climate conditions of Vallée de Joux, this system uses external air for cooling, thus avoiding the use of energy-intensive air-conditioning.
Considering the convenience and well-being of its employees, Audemars Piguet has taken the same precautionary measures for electronic and telecommunications equipment. Strictly control all sources of magnetic fields to prevent any electromagnetic waves that may endanger human health.
In 2010, the original factory will be demolished to make room for the reconstruction of a completely open and popular village entrance.
The new plant symbolizes the brand’s traditions, excellence, and courageous values, and connects the consideration of the happiness of its employees with technological innovation and respect for the environment.
Source: AudemarsPiguet SA