At the Baselworld 2017, Replica Chopard was voted watch company of the year. This award has earned the family business by a remarkable change and passionate work.
An important decision was made in 1992. In the Family Council, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele initiated the development and production of his own movements, ie the change from the manufacturer, who used the purchased caliber, to a genuine factory. “The basic idea,” said the co-president, “was to give our classic men’s watches a real identity. In addition, our timepieces should accompany a certificate of origin. The only credible way was the one about a real manufactory, which incidentally would give us much greater independence. ”
In the genesis of the ticking first work called L.U.C 1.96 the numerous pitfalls quickly became apparent. The first prototype of the new micro-rotor automatic caliber in 1995 produced rather low mouth corners. After a fresh start, the 3.3 millimeter flat microcosm of 1996 ticked so accurately that the passing of the official COSC chronometer test was just a formality. In the following year, the election for “Clock of the Year” by the Swiss magazine “Uhrenwelt” rewarded all efforts.
Because their own movement is actually none, followed by the now renamed L.U.C 96.01-L oeuvre with two superposed barrels and solid gold ball bearing rotor a variety of other movements.
After a good 20 years, the L.U.C caliber range covers almost everything that watchmakers have invented in the course of centuries due to mechanical complications for pocket watches and watches, such as chronograph, perpetual calendar, tourbillon,Discount Replica watches UK time zone dispositive and since the end of 2016 also minute repeater. The family business also masters the combination of several additional functions.
Because his own movements not only wanted to be developed, but also manufactured, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was looking for “a patch of Swiss earth, on which there were not so many watch companies. As a result, Geneva, the Vallée de Joux and the area around La Chaux-de-Fonds were out of the question. In Fleurier, however, Fuchs and Hase almost said goodnight. Ergo was the starting signal in the former building of the factory Fleurier, which had to stop production in the wake of the quartz watch crisis.
Because the Scheufeles never settle for half measures, they have long been the striking property, thoroughly renovated inside and out, and equipped with state-of-the-art machines and workstations. The visit to the four-storey manufactory building impresses. The past, the present and the future are enough here. Under the roof is not only the L.U.Ceum, a fascinating watch museum, but also a small studio, in which three top craftsmen make only a few watches a year with the traditional signature signed by Replica Chopard Ferdinand Berthoud reality. Overall, the Chopard factory in Fleurier currently employs 120 people. Handpicked, they master the entire spectrum of work, from development and design, toolmaking and machine work to fine machining, assemblage and conscientious control.