DECORATION & FINISHING
Decoration and finishing are largely entirely optional and technically rarely add value to the precision but are sought after among watch enthusiasts.
It is in these works that we can recognize different qualities of watchmaking. Some go as far as decorating the hidden sides of the mechanism of their timepieces.
Beveling consists in decorating the parts by breaking the sharp edges of this one by angles.
CIRCULAR GRAINING (PERLAGE)
Circular graining consists of decorating a flat surface with a series of circles applied by a machine.
Geneva stripes is a machining process that consists in creating parallel waves along a defined flat surface.
Hammering is surface work that seeks to decorate areas with hammer blows.
Satin finishing is a surface treatment that aims to create stripes aligned in a defined direction on a surface.
Polishing is a decoration that is used for aesthetic reasons but also for technical reasons to reduce friction for example. There are also different qualities of polishing.
Sunbursting is a surface decoration that creates sun-like lines.
Engraving is the process of creating shapes and decorations by removing material with a chisel. This can range from a drawing, an ornament, letters or numbers drawn in an aesthetic way.
Chiseling consists of removing material to bring out shapes and decorations.
OPENWORK & SKELETONIZATION
Skeletonization is the removal of material from parts to make others visible. Skeletonization is to do it in a totally through way.
SETTING OF STONES
Setting is the installation of stones maintained with the help of claws or metal edges that are folded on the stone.
CIRCULAR GRAINING (CERCLAGE)
Circular graining is a machine decoration consisting of the machining of a circle on a surface.
Enamelling is a technique mainly used on dials and apart from being docarative, enamel has a quality of inalterability out of the ordinary.
Engine-turning (guilloché) process consists of engraving regular and repeated patterns using a specific lathe called a guilloche machine.
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