The five Certification Criteria
1. 100% manufactured in Switzerland
The materials can come from all over the world, but all operations of conception, production, assembly and testing of the non cased-up watch and its components must be performed in Switzerland. This criterion was added to the certification process in 2012 and differs widely from “Swiss Made” – a condition met without any real control as long as 60 per cent of the watch head has been manufactured in Switzerland. This criterion of the Fleurier Quality Foundation Certification tolerates no exception and each watch’s provenance is rigorously verified. Along with the Fleurier Quality Foundation seal, timepieces having earned the label will be able to carry the inscription “100% manufactured in Switzerland”. For the end customer, this guarantees that he or she is acquiring a timepiece of extremely high quality, where all the components have been worked on by craftsmen in Switzerland.
2. Exclusive quality aesthetic finishing
Several exclusive aesthetic finishing criteria for the movement and its decoration are defined by very precise terms in accordance with the requirements of haute horlogerie. Only metal, traditional ceramics, precious or avant-garde materials may be used. These materials must be the subject of a work of decoration through either mechanical or manual means that reflects important savoir-faire and represents aesthetic added value. Each component is examined under a microscope to assess its level of craftsmanship and to guarantee a search for absolute excellence without affecting its technical reliability.
3. COSC-certified movement – Swiss chronometry test
The Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) – or Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland – is
a neutral body vested in the assessment of highprecision watches according to a program of specific tests that include changes in temperature and position, which last several days in accordance with the ISO-NIHS norm. All movements are evaluated individually, and the certificate issued to those that have passed the tests attests to their faultless chronometry.
4. Chronofiable durability test
Chronofiable tests, conducted in an independent laboratory, attest to the resistance of the movement to shocks, wear, water and magnetism – to name but a few. Each piece undergoes an ageing cycle that corresponds to six months of wear, testing to measure pull-and-push forces on the watch stem, testing cycles to measure the forces exerted on the pushers and turning bezel, tests on reactions to magnetic fields, shock-resistance tests using a heavy pendulum or striker and a waterresistance test.
The fifth and last stage of the Fleurier Quality Foundation Certification is probably the most impressive and certainly the most exclusive. Developed especially for the Fleurier Quality Foundation, the Fleuritest machine is a fully-computerised simulator through which the watch in its final form must undergo a test. A 24-hour operating test is conducted on the simulator, which recreates the movements of a nycthemeral cycle, alternating between active or extremely active phases and calmer ones to most closely match a 24-hour cycle on the wrist. The timepiece’s chronometry is measured with absolute precision by the Fleuritest machine and the only variation in rate tolerated falls within 0 and +5 seconds per day, making it one of the most demanding devices that exists. At the end of the test, a certificate is issued for each watch that has passed, specifying the number on the movement and the case. The timepiece is then entitled to the Fleurier Quality Foundation Certification.