HOW MANUFACTURE OUR AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCHES
WHAT DO WE DO
Everything starts with an exacting conceptualisation process and by defining the valuable architecture of our automatic wrist watches. This is one of the most delicate and difficult phases to see through, as these ideas and concepts will eventually come together to give shape to a specific design; to a unique watch. Excellent communication and knowledge of the brand and its values are essential when giving our designers and engineers a clear brief;
Work on the engineering of the watch takes place at the same time. The interior geometry of the case and component assembly are defined, water tightness requirements are established and the final dimensions and tolerances of all these parts are determined. This process ends with the modelling of the watch at a 1:1 scale in SLS using the Rapid Prototyping technique, which is used to validate the watch’s aesthetic and proportions.
Finally, validated the prototypes of steel, the final production begins. This means using the most advanced technology available; five-axis machining centres sculpt the pieces from a solid block of the chosen material:
The “staples” are extremely complex to make given the time involved and the number of operations necessary to fully finish them. A very well studied and planned machining strategy is required so that the final pieces exactly match the design in question and have a uniform surface finish.