FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Movement maker giant Sellita caught up in Swiss super-storm

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Movement maker giant Sellita caught up in Swiss super-storm

Borna Bošnjak

Our Friday Wind-Down usually serves as a restful, fun read after a week of slaving away beneath fluorescent bulbs and drop ceilings. This week, however, catastrophic news from La Chaux-de-Fonds has put a dampener on things, as inclement weather ripped through the region, causing significant damage to buildings, more than a dozen injured people, and, more unfortunately, at least one casualty.

 

Alongside overturned cars and large trees being ripped out of the grounds, Sellita’s factory lost its roof and multiple exterior windows. Luckily, due to the European summer holidays, the region was relatively empty as employees were enjoying time off work. Many are also concerned about the impact this catastrophe will have on Swiss movement supply, especially considering ETA’s dwindling supply.

Our thoughts are with those affected by this event.

Wrist shot of the week

 

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Price: A$725

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