International Chronometry Contest L.Leroy winner
Les Ateliers L. Leroy S.A.S. Besançon are the winners of the 2013 International Chronometry Contest in the "Tourbillon" category.
The winner in the school category is Mr Mathieu Douik. The announcement of the results took place on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at the Musée de Temps in Besançon.
The 38 competing exhibits filed by 17 companies (including 14 Swiss, two French and one German) and three watchmaking schools were submitted from May 30th to three sets of measurements carried out in the official certified laboratories of the Besançon Observatory and the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute in Biel as well as undergoing particularly severe magnetic fields and shocks at the Haute Ecole Arc in Le Locle.
The tests require that in order to qualify, watches must meet the international "chronometer" standard three times in succession with exposure to intense shocks and magnetic fields after the second series of tests and all this without any intermediate adjustment. This difficulty has not been reduced since the creation of this contest.
There was excellent participation in the "Classic" category which saw 20 pieces competing. 12 of them passed all three tests to be in the running for the three places on the podium awarded to those with the best marks which are then announced. The winners were Tissot S.A. for the first 2 places (878 and 850 points out of 1000) and Louis Moinet S.A. (728 points).
In "Tourbillon" (7 participants in all), Les Ateliers L. Leroy S.A.S. won the prize with 794 points, while most of the others did not stand up to the ordeal of shocks and magnetism.