The five Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Cri­te­ria

Plaza Watch International - - Fleurier Standard -

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.

5. Fleu­ritest

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.

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