The art of guilloché is really the art of creating interlaced geometric figures and patterns in metal. This elaborate technique is based on the royal craft of ornamental turnery, prevalent in Europe from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries among the aristocracy. Clever watchmakers invented very complex machines for guilloché, operated only with raw manpower, to adorn dials and cases.
The complicated procedure, nowadays only mastered by few, brings with it an amazing variety of shapes and expressions. Applying new, yet classic guilloché patterns to cases, dials, components and rotors requires the artists to master a hand-operated rose engine, just like the one in Chronoswiss’ workshop.
Using only his or her hands, the guilloché artisan moves the dial against the graver tool, which applies the cut from the outside to the inside, engraving the patterns about a tenth of a millimeter into the dial. The individual lines are only about two-tenths of a millimeter, making for very filigreed embellishment.
Chronoswiss goes a step further with the Artist’s Collection: the typical guilloché wave pattern is given depth and three-dimensionality by a special enamel coating.🇨🇭