In a bold move for a manufacture to the industry, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF) has announced its Open R&D program, what it calls “a one-stop-shop for watchmaking projects.”

Vaucher, best known for being the in-house supplier of movements to Parmigiani Fleurier and Hermès (Hermès owns 25% of VMF), is now making its capabilities open to clients anywhere in the world.

Here are the services that Vaucher will now offer these third-party clients:

Development – Study and development by the VMF technical office

Prototyping – Development of prototypes. The tests within the VMF laboratory make it possible to carry out homologations according to standardized or specific procedures.

Industrialization and production – The competence and experience of the VMF production structure guarantees efficient and controlled production processes. VMF products are manufactured exclusively within the framework of the Swiss Made designation.

Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier Introduces Open R&D
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier Introduces Open R&D
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier Introduces Open R&D
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier Introduces Open R&D

Reliability – The mechanisms, movements and watches produced by Vaucher are designed to work for many years. The products are certified Chronofiable. Upon request, COSC certification can be implemented.

After Sales Service – The design and manufacturing quality of VMF products ensure long-term reliability. Its integrated structure also ensures responsive and quality service. Training, documentation and technical assistance are provided as needed

Partners

One of the current partners already using this Open R&D program is Octavio Garcia’s Gorilla Fastback Drift watch. Here is a video about that project.

VMF is uniquely positioned to offer its clients made-to-order movements, created from scratch.

“Anyone with an original concept can rely on Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier to implement it,” says Jean-Daniel Dubois, CEO, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier in an exclusive interview with Revolution.Watch. “We offer all the capacity of a manufacturing outfit able to guarantee a reliable quality process right through to after-sales service. Such a comprehensive service is unique in our industry.”

Jean-Daniel Dubois, CEO of Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier
Jean-Daniel Dubois, CEO of Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier

We here at Revolution.Watch can’t wait to see the new projects that will be the result of this Open R&D project. Could this signal a new wave of watchmaking creativity?