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Bremont keeps workshops open in Henley-on-Thames

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WatchPro editor Rob Corder visits Bremonts manufacturing plant in Oxfordshire.

Bremont has nothing but sympathy and understanding for every individual or business forced to close by the current Coronavirus outbreak, but for now it has announced that its workshop in Henley-on-Thames is still operational.

Bovet is the latest Swiss watchmaker to announce that it is closing its facility.

A message from chief executive and owner Pascal Raffy on Twitter says that, “In order to preserve our first asset in The House of Bovet, meaning our Artisans, and let them take good care of their families, I made the decision to close our facilities from today until further notice.”

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Bremont co-founder Giles English also took to Twitter with a notice to say that, while those who can work from home have told to do so, its production facility is currently still in operation.

“We are of course taking every precaution to keep our staff as safe as possible,” Mr English says.

The brand had to cancel an event this week to launch a new limited edition GMT watch, made to celebrate the remarkable achievements of legendary adventurer and Bremont ambassador Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja MBE who completed a challenge to summit earth’s 14 tallest mountains in less than 7 months.

It also appears to be anticipating that advice may change for the operation of facilities like its Henley-on-Thames workshop.

“As Winston Churchill said: “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time,”” Mr English quotes.

 

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