The Association – Verein die Schwarzwalduhr (VdS)
Was founded in 1987 as Förderverein Schwarzwalduhr e.V. and brought manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and collectors into a common organization whose goal is not only communication and exchange among themselves but also the geographical protection of the origin of the Black Forest Clock and protection of the registered collective trademark “Black Forest Cuckoo Clock”.
The VdS certificate stands for authenticity, origin and also the quality of the original Black Forest cuckoo clock. This certificate identifies all original Black Forest clocks that are exclusively mechanical and manufactured only in the Black Forest.
Most cuckoo clocks are sold overseas (we are talking about a hundred thousand clocks per year) and the customers there have to be sure that their cuckoo clock really comes from the Black Forest – this is what the VdS certificate stands for.
As of 2023, the VdS has a total of 52 members, including 13 manufacturers, 6 suppliers and 33 dealers and collectors of Black Forest clocks.