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Part 10...In the beginning, there were REALLY GOOD simple watches.

October 12 2006 at 2:42 AM

bernardcheong  (Login bernardcheong)
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The LUC Fleurier is the FIRST ever timepiece, to be given the Qualite Fleurier Certificate.

The conical indices are turkish in design, with the exception of the 4 main quadrant markers at 12,3,6,and 9.




Note the lugs..soldered!!!(Expensive)







Note production watch has a different seconds hand..from the Basel one.


Having a SOLID case back is actually important to me, personally. In fact, I do insist on solid backs for my Pateks and a few of my Langes.

The reason for me, is that I already have more than enough examples of the see thru variety, and the solid back has a charm all its own. Its like a cigar humidor...closed.

The 9.96 is of course a more basic version of a 1.96

The Qualite Fleurier demands...

A) The MOVEMENT:

1 that the movt is already COSC.
2 Ageing cycle...a series of tests too long to go into.
3 Tests on the crowns and any push/pull buttons
4 Magnetic fields
5 Shock with a striker
6 Water resistance

The FINISHING:

1 Traditional metals or ceramics, or advant-garde material only. NO plastics.
2 Decorative motif on the maximum thickness of the plate. Or the visible part of a bridge.
3 No rough edges/angles.
4 Polished sinks.
5 No burrs.
6 All functional steel parts to be polished.
7 Screw heads flat, polished, beveled to the slot and rim.
8 Shaped parts polished, beveled, and lines drawned with files.
9 No bulk manufacture allowed.
10 Galvanic treatment is not needed, but if used, must enhance the movement.
11 Nickel plate in isolation is NOT allowed. Exception is on a steel part that needs protection against oxidation.






The complete watch is tested, unlike in the COSC. The specialised machine, seen above, performs this task.

Replicating human activity, the maximum gain is 5 secs a day...gain only is permitted.

Two such machines now exist in Fleurier and a 3rd is on the way.

A maximum of 1,200 watches only, can be tested per year!

These watches that pass...will only gain at worse case, 2.5 mins a month!!!

The test has gained the approval and blessing of the federation Horologie!

It may look like Vaucher, and the movement within the RM005 for example, may be the next watches after the 9.96 to take these tests.

So...it is a NEW standard, and a VERY high one, of precision and reliability.

My choice, an LUC, the FIRST watch ever, even among the LUCs, to take the tests.

Now...I really want a watch that is a representation of the really old traditional values of precision, and reliability..and the knowledge of a beautiful movt inside is good enough..I want the solid back...just for THIS watch...it is soooo right!!!!

Being an owner of, and a fan of, Patek...I must say that THIS single demonstration by LUC Chopard, this particular watch...is so perfect..as a coorporate produced item, like Patek (we don't compare the Dufours and Vianneys which are NOT coorporations, but small, individual works)...really upsets the balance of who is really king.

Conceal the brand on a calatrava, and on this 9.96, bring it to a man, a gentleman of taste...and see which is the one he chooses. I have my Calatravas here...right now...and the LUC is killing it.

Hope you enjoyed this rant!!!




    
This message has been edited by bernardcheong on Oct 12, 2006 5:32 AM


 
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Dje
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Thanks Bernard! Is the DB6 Shooting Brake compulsory for delivery? :-) nt

October 12 2006, 1:54 PM 

nt

 
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bernardcheong
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You noticed the car! That one seems to be in good shape.

October 12 2006, 5:24 PM 

It was parked just outside the building which has the QF upstairs.




 
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Wim Bon
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Case back.

October 12 2006, 11:10 PM 

This watch is my favorite too. I can not wait to see it in the Chopard boutique.
However I really would love to see the open case back, showing the movement.


 
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bernardcheong
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There is a WG version upcoming with a se thru back, however..

October 13 2006, 2:40 AM 

it does not have the two tone dial....


 
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Yong
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Do you have a photo of it?

October 13 2006, 8:18 PM 

I wonder how it will look like? How does this movement differs from the 1.96? Is it just the certification?

 
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bernardcheong
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Pics of the 996 are posted above as well...but here they are:

October 14 2006, 6:36 AM 








Ok, its not "just the certification", as this process ultimately differs the finishing levels as you can see in the pictures. Also note the points above.

Of course, what is actually amazing is the levels of accuracy that are being achieved as well.


 
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jokoh
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I like the lugs man!! ;-)

October 12 2006, 11:13 PM 

and you say its soldered!! wowww

cheers
joe

 
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bernardcheong
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I have some pics of the movt...soon to be posted. nt

October 13 2006, 2:41 AM 

nt


 
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