POINÇON DE GENÈVE

ORIGINS OF AN OUTSTANDING QUALITY HALLMARK

 

Since the early 17th century, watchmaking was enjoying growing prosperity in Geneva. The name of the city engraved on a movement was enough to guarantee its superior quality. Nonetheless, its reputation was being increasingly usurped by unscrupulous manufacturers placing the mention “Geneva” on watches made outside its territory. The “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark came into being after the 1886 adoption of a law creating a certification label to counteract the abusive use of the name “Geneva” and to protect the industry.


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L.U.C Quattro 18-carat rose gold Discover

  • Details of the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse - The Tribute bearing the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark
  • Screw heads have to be polished or circular-grained (smoothed down) with chamfered edges and slots, meaning without any sharp angles.
  • Movements must be provided on the train and escapement with jewel bearings having polished holes. On the bridge side, the jewels must be semi-brilliant with polished sinks.
  • THE ESCAPE-WHEEL MUST BE LIGHT IN ORDER TO FAVOURABLY AFFECT INERTIA AND REDUCE THE LATTER’S INFLUENCE ON ADJUSTMENT OPERATIONS. THE LOCKING-FACES OF ITS TEETH MUST BE POLISHED IN ORDER TO REDUCE FRICTION WITH THE LEVER.
  • Movements with shock-absorbing devices are permitted. The micro-regulator swan’s neck system is an example of an exclusive finishing characteristic of the “Poinçon de Genève”.
  • Most of L.U.C calibres bearing the ‘‘Poinçon de Genève’’ quality hallmark are equipped with balance-springs with Phillips terminal curve.
  • The wheels of the going-train must be chamfered above and below, and have polished sinks. For wheels less than 0.15 mm thick, a single sink is allowed.
  • For assembled wheels, the pivot-shanks and pivots, including their faces, must be polished. This finish increases the longevity of the part and reduces friction with the jewels, thus improving rate.
  • The parts connecting the movement with the case and dial are to display finishes meeting the characteristics and criteria laid down by the “Poinçon de Genève”.
  • Flat screw-heads must have bevelled rims and be mirror polished.
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DECORATED, POLISHED, CHAMFERED: EXCEPTIONAL WORKMANSHIP

There are 12 criteria for the finishing of the parts (chamfered and hand-drawn bridges, polished sinks, chamfered going train) and their characteristics (type of balance wheel-spring pinning, type of index, thickness of the escape wheel), as well as the non-use of certain parts such as wire springs.



A LABEL OF AUTHENTICITY

THE VALUES

 

The “Poinçon de Genève” is a label of authenticity and regional identity, guaranteeing the finest Swiss watchmaking traditions. It attests to a watch's origin, its exceptional level of workmanship and its long-term reliability. Conveying a definite sense of rarity and exclusivity, the brands bearing it form a highly selective circle. The “Poinçon de Genève” philosophy highlights the hand workmanship and expertise of Geneva’s master-watchmakers.

Chopard Poinçon de genève

Chopard LUC quattro
L.U.C Quattro 18-carat rose gold Discover



IMPECCABLE STANDARDS

EXCEPTIONAL WATCHES ASSEMBLED IN GENEVA

 

A watch only earns the “Poinçon de Genève” if each of its components has been approved. The mechanical movements must be made according to impeccable standards of craftsmanship, and the timepieces must be assembled and adjusted in the Canton of Geneva and individually numbered. In addition, the watches must meet various technical and aesthetic criteria.

Chopard Poinçon de Genève certification

  • THE SOCIÉTÉ DES HORLOGERS DE GENÈVE REQUESTED A LAW CREATING THE “POINÇON DE GENÈVE” QUALITY HALLMARK IN 1886.
  • THE GENEVA CABINOTIERS INCLUDED ALL WATCHMAKING PROFESSIONS SUCH AS JEWELLERS, ENGRAVERS AND CASING-UP SPECIALISTS.
  • The coveted Poinçon de Genève certificate.
  • Each component must be made and decorated according to impeccable standards of fine craftsmanship.
  • MORE THAN TECHNICAL REGULATIONS, THE POINÇON DE GENÈVE EMBODIES A PHILOSOPHY OF HAND WORKMANSHIP AND EXPERTISE.
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A HERITAGE OF EXCELLENCE

This label, created in 1886 in order to protect Genevan watchmaking, involves three fundamental conditions of admission and a set of qualifying criteria. A watch is thus only eligible if its movement is assembled and adjusted in Canton Geneva, if it is numbered, and if it meets the craftsmanship criteria established by the Technical Committee. Since 2012, new tests are conducted to verify the rating precision (more or less 1 minute over 7 days) as well as water-tightness (positive pressure of 3 bars and negative pressure of 0.5 bars). Finally, the power reserve must match the values communicated by the submitting brand and the functions are tested over a complete cycle.

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