Rolex factory evacuated

The Rolex factory in Chêne-Bourg had to be evacuated briefly yesterday afternoon because of what was described as a dangerous chemical reaction.

Many different chemicals and heat processes are used to prevent watch components corroding. Some are recognised as potentially carcinogenic – many are poisonous. 

Around 30 had to leave while both internal teams and Geneva firefighters made the workplace safe.

No one was injured and staff could re-enter after about a couple of hours.

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