Franck Muller Group Adds New Facility

The Franck Muller Group, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, is significantly expanding its operations with a new watch production park in Les Bois, in northwest Switzerland’s Jura region, a longtime center of Swiss watchmaking. It will invest $27 million to $30 million in the next two years to develop a complex of facilities specializing in parts and movements for its five brands, JCK was told by Didier Decker, Franck Muller’s chief operating officer. The Group, headquartered in Genthod, Switzerland, outside Geneva, owns the luxury watch brands Franck Muller Geneve, Alexis Barthelay, European Company Watch, Pierre Kunz, and Rodolphe, plus Franck Muller and Rodolphe jewelry. It produces some 50,000 watches annually and saw estimated revenues of about $305 million in 2005. The new site—two-thirds the size of its 38,000-square-meter headquarters estate— was necessitated by the compa

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