Fortis Uhren AG
How does Grenchen, a not very big place with a population of
15,000, rate having two train stations? The main station handles
traffic going from Zurich to Geneva while the Grenchen North
station takes care of traffic veering off through the Jura Mountains.
I mention the above since the head office of Fortis Watch stands
only a stone's throw away from the Grenchen North train station.
The five-story, peach and white colored building was built in
1912. That also happens to be the year the company was founded
by Walter Vogt. I meet with Mark Branschi, Sales Manager. Atop
the building stands a large sign spelling out "Fortis"
in big letters which, according to Branschi lights up at night.
It's a mixed-use area with houses and apartments mixed-in with
businesses. Parking is free and plentiful for the 22 people working
here. Smokers have designated smoking areas, cyclists enjoy covered
parking, there's no formal dress code, it's five minutes to the
nearest freeway, five minutes to Grenchen's city center and an
hour and a half drive to Zurich's airport. Any employee perks?
One watch a year can be bought at a discount.
Managing Director Peter Peter occupies a corner office on the
third floor. No that's not a typo, his name is indeed, Peter
Peter. Three posters with space motifs (Fortis markets professional
space watches) cover one wall and I spot several Fortis watches
on Peter's desk. The view out the window? The rear of the building
overlooks a park and so that's his view.
Company website: www.fortis-watch.com