Most people may know that some of the finest watches made are produced in Switzerland. Geneva is Switzerland’s second most populated city and is also the city that has created one of the highest standards in horology. There are over 20 million watches produced in Switzerland each year, but only 24,000 have the standards of The Poinçon de Genève.
The Poinçon de Genève which translates to “The Punch of Geneva” is used as a hallmark stamp to signify a certification earned by watch manufacturers. It’s a seal of approval to rigorous criterias and standards such as manual decoration of the watch components and committing to performing the assembly and adjustment of their timepieces exclusively in Geneva. This is a certification and a seal that guarantees the quality of the work performed.
The Poinçon de Genève recently has updated their criteria that a watch manufacturer must follow in order to get the certification. The new interior movement and exterior aesthetic regulation has 12 criterias that includes 7 conception criteria and 5 aesthetic criterias. These specific criterias include precise specifications on the origin of the parts, construction, materials, and even the finishing. The new aesthetic criteria demands standards such as; steel parts must feature polished angles, sides drawn out with a file and visible surfaces smoothed down, wheels must be chamfered with polished sinks, screw heads must be polished with their slots and rims chamfered. All of the criteria seems very precise and strict. Even the nature of the stud serving to pin up the balance-spring is regulated.
There are also updates to the performance criteria as well. The new regulations must follow a 7 day watch control. These series of tests include water resistance, power reserve, functions, and chronometry.
All of these steps and criterias are what adds up to the guarantee and quality found in the fine timepieces with the Poincon de Geneve. You will be rest assured that each of the time pieces are individually tested and certified to guarantee its smooth running, water resistance, and precision durability. Even the traditions of hand decorating and finishing emerging in Geneva will be found in the highest standards in these watches. These approved watches are not only to be exclusive but also preserve history and origin while pushing the standards of fine watchmaking.
King Jewelers is an authorized dealer for over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including Bell & Ross, Breguet, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, DeWitt, Harry Winston, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Montblanc, and Roger Dubuis. King Jewelers is a member of the American Watch Guild and has been named a Leading Watch Retailer in North America by International Wristwatch Magazine. King Jewelers also offers expert watch repair and watch restoration at their retail locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN.
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