Breitling Opens State-of-the-Art Facility

Breitling, the prestigious brand known for its precision watches for pilots, has opened a state-of-the-art operation in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The new plant specializes in the development and manufacture of mechanical movements. The intent, says a Breitling report, is to equip its chronographs and watches with "ever more efficient motors and to meet the merciless demands of 100% chronometer production." Breitling is the only major brand which equips all its watches, both mechanical and quartz, with officially certified chronometer movements. Only 3% of watches produced annually in Switzerland get an official Swiss chronometer rating certificate. During the 10 months required to make a Breitling chronometer, the piece undergoes more than 1,000 tests. The new facility, called Breitling Chronométrie, features streamlined facades, luminous bay windows and glass-roofed areas, an

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