A watch bearing the Poinçon de Genève is not only an instrument for measuring time, it is a work of art. To obtain this distinction, each watch component must be made with the utmost care, and finely decorated. The Poinçon de Genève is synonymous with exceptional aesthetic quality, and guarantees that the product purchased is flawless and unique, a source of great sentimental, artistic and material value.
These are the names of the solid parts that house the wheel trains and mechanisms. To eliminate any manufacturing marks, the Poinçon de Genève sets out specific criteria for every section of these parts.
At the “heart” of the watch, the balance-wheel and balance-spring guarantee the watch's accuracy. Because of its importance, the Poinçon de Genève specifies that the balance-spring fixing must be elegant, and prohibits the use of glue.
The wheel trains are the symbols of a watch. They must be impeccable in appearance. The Poinçon de Genève applies incredibly strict decorative criteria in order to eliminate all traces of machining.
This category covers a number of components such as screws and pins. Each part must be finished in a specific way in order to eliminate manufacturing marks. They must have polished chamfers, straight-grained sides and smoothed down faces. More precise criteria apply to certain pieces.