Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier – A Look Behind-The-Scenes Of The Watch Industry

By rolex
April 6, 2021
6 min read

Over the most recent couple of years, we have assessed many brands and their manufactures. From the biggest ones, for example those claimed by bunches like Swatch Group, Richemont or LVMH, to the littlest ateliers of autonomous watchmakers. As of late, we had the chance to visit another sort of manufacture, one that isn’t essential for a brand but instead a provider. The name is presumably natural to you as of now as they are quite possibly the most conspicuous high-grade development creators for outsiders; Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier.

Vertical incorporation has been one of the significant drivers of the watch business in the course of recent years. Gatherings and brands have put enormously in their creation apparatuses to help their upmarket endeavors and secure sourcing. The words In-house and manufacture appear to be on each one’s lips nowadays, nonetheless, the realty is to some degree unique. This is something to be thankful for in light of the fact that, albeit in-house frequently establishes the framework for quality, dominance and imagination, it’s anything but an end all by itself. It has never been, as watchmaking was conceived as a house industry.

Many brands source their developments – or parts of their developments – from outsiders. On one hand, the passage level/mid-range development market is overwhelmed by a couple of major parts (specifically ETA, SELLITA and SOPROD) creating countless units consistently. Then again, there are not very many enormous players for top of the line developments, especially since significant manufacturers like Frédéric Piguet and Lemania have been coordinated into brands (Blancpain and Breguet individually). Vaucher Manufacture stands firm on a somewhat exceptional footing in this fragment, being perhaps the most conspicuous creators with a creation essentially over the rest, at 14,000 units each year (with a capability of 35,000).

Vaucher manufactures developments for lofty brands, for example, Parmigiani Fleurier (Vaucher is Parmigiani Fleurier’s development Manufacture), Hermes, Richard Mille, Corum, Baume & Mercier and Fabergé, just to give some examples. Vaucher also works for certain little autonomous watchmakers like Speake-Marin and Alexandre Meerson.

Vaucher manufactures developments that come in basic setups, with a selection of hours-minutes-seconds-date signs. The various groups of developments offer a huge assortment, with various sizes accessible for example. These are created with various degrees of personalization and wrapping up, following customers’ prerequisites. Specifically, the state of the scaffolds, their completing or their material can be adjusted. Among its various items, the Vaucher development portfolio incorporates two fundamental families:

  • Vaucher 3000 family, programmed developments with or without date, 10 ½ or 11 ½ lines (for the fundamental arrangement), 28,800 vibrations for every hour.
  • Vaucher 5400 family, extra-level miniature rotor development, 13 ¼ lines, 21,600 vibrations for every hour.

The developments of these families are offered across a wide scope of varieties covering various sizes, functionalities or claims to fame (tourbillon escapement for example, seed VMF 3024 and 5430). They incorporate a few specialized highlights (contingent upon the development) that make them stand apart from a quality viewpoint and that you would not really find on passage range developments, for example, a variable latency balance for improved isochronism, twofold quick pivot barrels, a miniature rotor, top of the line completing, exceptional executions manufactured in short arrangement, etc.

The developments can likewise be intended to accommodate modules to offer extra signs, for instance, chronograph modules from Dubois-Depraz. Similarly, Hermes has been coupling a few intriguing Agenhor complications in the course of recent years with its Vaucher base movements.

With its huge R&D office and inward lab, Vaucher is additionally associated with bleeding edge advancements: simply consider PF Bugatti watches , the eminent PF Chronor or the awesome Senfine Escapement made with Parmigiani Fleurier . In conclusion, Vaucher additionally works a very good quality private name, creating and delivering watches for outsider brands.

History and Company Profile

Vaucher was brought into the world in 2003, as a side project company of Parmigiani Fleurier. It is 75% possessed by the Fondation de Famille Sandoz and 25% by Hermes International (since 2006).

Most of the components are manufactured in-house or inside the gathering of watchmaking companies constrained by the Sandoz establishment. Atokalpa manufactures haggles of the collections (the escapement and the equilibrium wheel, including its spring), key components manufactured by a small bunch of companies in Switzerland. Elwin produces exactness turned parts (screws, pins, and so forth) Quadrance et Habillage manufactures dials and Les Artisans Boîtiers cases.

Along with its sister companies, Vaucher is an uncommon illustration of completely incorporated assembling encompassing practically all watchmaking components – everything except for gems, precious stones, fountainheads and calfskin ties. This takes into account freedom just as full authority over tasks and quality. It likewise offers the likelihood to redo creation as per customer necessities, when needed.

Vaucher is situated in Fleurier, a couple of squares from Parmigiani. The assembling offices encompass all exchanges vital for the turn of events and manufacture of developments, aside from motor turned components and varieties made by Atokalpa and Elwin. The machine park is somewhat great. Components are generally machined or stepped. Laser cutting takes into consideration various assembling activities requiring accuracy and adaptability. Wire flash disintegration is likewise utilized specifically to create stepping devices. The assortment of methods utilized and the ability gained permits Vaucher to work with an assortment of materials: metal, German silver, gold and titanium.

Parts are done utilizing a wide exhibit of completions – perlage, slanting, snailing, sanding, Geneva stripes, sunray brushing, cleaning or etching to give some examples. Electroplating is additionally acted in-house.

Once the metal parts are done, they experience the conventional creation cycle:

  • T0: pre-get together (specifically setting gems or metal pins)
  • T1: development assembly
  • T2: observe get together (for the watch private mark activity)

Quality

While inward quality controls are performed troughout the creation cycle, Vaucher ensures its creation with outsider associations upon demand. Specifically the COSC, Chronofiable and the comprehensive Qualité Fleurier (for more data, read our specialized viewpoint on certifcation here ).

Vaucher is likewise equiped with an inventive and performant machine to control their creation. A restrictive turn of events, its CLA considers the testing of developments and cased developments (counting water obstruction) following a completely mechanized cycle with no human mediation that may upset the distinctive stages.

More subtleties on  www.vauchermanufacture.ch .