Feb 18, 2016- As Hindustan Machine Tools prepares to manufacture and supply its final batch of 5,500 watches in a month's time, the government-owned watchmaker is planning a grand museum in Bengaluru to keep its watch-making legacy alive.
S Girish Kumar, CMD, HMT, told that the museum is being planned on the factory premises in Jalahalli. "We need 2,000 square feet of space that will comprise 1,000 odd watch models, their variants, compounds, manufacturing processes and journey of the brand."
The PSU has not decided a budget for the proposed museum project."Right now, we are still busy with the VRS process for employees and are expecting funds of Rs 359 crore this month," he said. "The museum, on the other hand, will not need a lot of funds since it is in our factory premises and generation would be made internally by our holding company."
A museum is imperative for keeping alive the brand whose first watch was dedicated to the nation by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. "We have grown over the years and some of our old customers continue wearing our watches. It is 101 per cent necessary to ensure that all the watches and their variants are preserved well," said an HMT employee.