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Close-up on the LUC Qualité Fleurier watch in rose gold with black dial and bracelet. Close-up on the LUC Qualité Fleurier watch in rose gold with black dial and bracelet.

FLEURIER QUALITY FOUNDATION

The Fleurier Quality Foundation is another independent* body that Chopard Manufacture calls on to test the quality of its timepieces. This certification is the most difficult to obtain. The procedure is even more comprehensive since, in addition to submitting the movements to the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) in order to guarantee their precision, the watches are tested as a whole in order to appraise their overall quality.

Black and white photo of the Fleurier Quality Foundation Building on two floors in Fleurier Black and white photo of the Fleurier Quality Foundation Building on two floors in Fleurier

A Brief History of the FQF

Founded on June 5, 2001, the Fleurier Quality Foundation stems from a joint project undertaken by the Chopard, Parmigiani Fleurier and Bovet Fleurier brands, as well as the Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, to establish new aesthetic and technical criteria dedicated to the certification of finished watches.

The validation criteria

Close-up in black and white on the hand of a Chopard craftswoman who checks the quality of the LUC watch.

1.

100% MANUFACTURED
IN SWITZERLAND

All Chopard watches are 100% Swiss made. Therefore passing the stringent requirements for "Manufactured 100% in Switzerland" - which concern only the watch head , since the bracelet and clasp are excluded - is a mere formality for Chopard. The various stages of the assembly after the final transformation of the materials, including pre-fitting, fitting, fitting the escapement, adjusting, finishing, assembly, casing, and final controls, must be performed in Switzerland. It is a painstaking process, since the FQF requires proof of Swiss production from each and every piece from every supplier.

Close-up on the mechanism of a Chopard LUC movement.

2.

CHRONOMETER CERTIFIED BY THE COSC

The movements are submitted to the entire series of tests in accordance with the ISO 3159 standard. All of the movements submitted for Fleurier Quality certification must have passed the tests of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Over a 15-day period, the precision of mechanical movements is measured in five positions and at three different temperatures (8°C / 46°F, 23°C / 73°F and 38°C / 100°F). Whatever the conditions, the movements must maintain a precision ranging between -4 and +6 seconds per day for a caliber with a diameter over 20 mm, and between -5 and +8 seconds for a smaller caliber.

Close-up in black and white on watches immersed in water to test water resistance.

3.

THE CHRONOFIABLE TEST

The Chronofiable test includes several steps, namely: an aging cycle, test cycles designed to measure the pull-and-push forces on the stem, test cycles designed to measure the forces exerted on the push buttons (chronograph controls, correctors, and so on), bezel-turning tests, tests on reactions to magnetic fields, shock-resistance tests using a heavy pendulum or striker (except on delicate complications), and a water resistance test.

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Close-up in black and white on the hand of a Chopard craftsman working on the decoration of the movement.

4.

A FINISHING OF EXCLUSIVE AESTHETIC QUALITY

Specifications determine the level of finish required for the movement and its decoration. The watch must also comply with the numerous specific technical and aesthetic criteria listed in the technical regulations of the Fleurier Quality Foundation (involving the choice of materials, decorative techniques, and finishes).


Only metal, traditional ceramic, precious components and avant-garde materials may be used.

The use of plastic is prohibited.

Close-up in black and white of the Fleuritest machine, which reproduces the conditions of use of a watch.

5.

THE FLEURITEST MACHINE

The timekeeping ability of the finished watch must then be tested on the Fleuritest machine, which replicates the conditions of 24 hours of wear in the most realistic way possible, checking that any variation in rate falls within 0 and +5 seconds per day.

*As an autonomous and independent organization, its legitimacy is accorded by the public authorities, including the Swiss Federal Government (SECO), the Canton of Neuchâtel, the Municipality of Val-de-Travers, the Val-de-Travers Regional Association, and the Philippe Jéquier Foundation.

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