Frédérique Constant Manufacture
Launched in 2019, this experience is located in a very interesting place for those keen to understand the Swiss watch industry behind the scenes: Plan-les-Ouates is a Geneva suburb that hosts some of the most important sites in Swiss watchmaking. Among others, it is where Patek Philippe has its manufacture, and where all Rolex bracelets and cases are made.
The Frédérique Constant tour also includes 2 other brands part of the same group (itself the property of Japan's Citizen), Alipna and Ateliers deMonaco. The visit is a great opportunity to understand how a watch production site works. While FC is not as prestigious as other brands offering a manufacture tour listed on this site, it will show you how things are made in a different, more affordable price segment.
Chemin du Champ-des-Filles - 1228 Plan-les-Ouates (Google Maps)
Time & Date
Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Each tour lasts about 1.5h. Minimum number of participants is 4, maximum 15.
Languages available are English, French and Italian.
How much? 15 CHF / person.
How to book? Visit the website (booking required)
SWE Rating: Very good
SWE tip: The site is located within short walking distance of the Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget HQs, among others, as well as Rolex's bracelet and case-making site. It's worth taking a stroll around to get a sense of the atmosphere. The buildings are all very modern, perhaps far from the image of a Swiss watchmaker in his mountains, but highly represententive of the cutting edge technology and processes used in contemporary watchmaking.