The Chronometer certification of a watch today verifies it’s accuracy and water resistancy and is the standard within the watch industry.
Next Basel 2015, their will be a new chronometer certification that will be unveiled bt Timelab Foundation that will be open to all mechanical watches made in Switzerland.
TIMELAB will issue individual Chronometric+Observatory certificates for the chronometric performance of the finished watch, incorporating a Bulletin de Marche as well as reports on other aspects relating to its reliability: water resistance, magnetic resistance, power reserve and performance on the wrist.
The Chronometric+ Observatory Certification, a Recognised Legal and Technical Guarantee for the Customer
The new Chronometric+ Observatory Certification is a guarantee issued by TIMELAB. It certifies that a watch complies with the requirements drawn up by the laboratory and authorises it to bear the prestigious and official title of “chronometer watch” in accordance with the internationally recognised ISO/CEI 3159 standard. The guarantee covers the finished watch and extends to other aspects relating to its reliability such as water resistance, magnetic resistance, power reserve and performance on the wrist, in conditions representative of modern life.
The Chronometric+ Observatory Certification will be based on recognition at a state level (via law I 1 25 passed by the Canton of Geneva) and at a technical level (via the accreditations in process at the SAS, the Swiss Accreditation Service). Taking into account the accreditations and the certified test protocols, the certification process will be carried out in the watch factories on each individual piece (100% tested), overseen by authorised TIMELAB auditors who will carry out regular inspections.
TIMELAB is a Swiss foundation created under the Canton of Geneva law I 1 25 and operating
under the authority of the State of Geneva. Its employees have been approved and are required to
remain neutral and independent. The same is required of the expert members of the technical
committee, who oversee the technical operations of the laboratory. Its experience in the watchmaking laboratory dates back to 1886 and the introduction of the voluntary testing of watches, which at the time was carried out by the Geneva Watchmaking School.
It also awarded the prestigious Poinçon de Genève certificate, the standard-bearer of Geneva’s fine watchmaking industry, and from 1973 to 2013 it represented the official office of the Geneva COSC, which gave it extensive experience of the watchmaking laboratory.