The FQF standard is very high (some say too high) and apart from a small limited edition from Parmiagiani, the only production series that attempts the standard is Chopard LUC.
The Geneva Seal is essentially an aesthetic standard and protection for Geneva based producers. The FQF seal is available to all manufacturers that are brave enough to try. There is a high failure rate even for LUC and the test is precision chronometric, engineering and aesthetic. The part that is most difficult for other manufacturers is the destructive testing - a small but expensive proportion of the batch is deconstructed - painful
- The movement must be COSC-certified
- The movement must have passed the CHRONOFIABLE test
- The movement must attain an exclusive aesthetic quality of finish
- The rating of the finished watch must be vouched for by the FLEURITEST machine
I asked Chopard Geneve for the reasons that this 1st series has a closed back:
1. LUC wanted to draw attention to the quality of the watch as a whole since the FQF tests the watch and not just unfinished movements.
Thus, the quality of the case, dial and movements are as a unified functioning whole (and not just superficial polishing of movement with Geneve or Dufour stripes) [words in brackets are mine
2. Each caseback is individually hand engraved to demonstrate that handicraft goes into each LUC watch but particularly the FQF standard of watches. Thus every piece is different from others. If you had a sample of many watches, you will see the positions and number of bees being different because each engraver is not bound to a pattern!!!