The art of the watch maker
Many people are wearing them around their wrists: watches. But hardly
anybody thinks about how they are actually fabricated, how much devotion and
patience it takes a watch maker to put all the screws, tiny parts and springs together to
finally turn it all into a little watch work which almost perpetually moves to
show us all the correct time on the spot. For that reason, this overview shows
which achievements have been made in watch manufacturing in the last decades
Taking a look at Omega watches
– which is one of the most important high-end watch manufacturers in the world,
one can say that this company has invented and produced the most famous
chronograph, namely the OMEGA Speedmaster, which has become the top device for
the space missions performed by the NASA. The precision of these pieces comes
from the high-end technology used in these chronographs. Having developed
high-end calibers or the co-axial escapement, the company has set landmarks in
watch manufacturing as a whole.
Another company which is very famous and popular among watch enthusiasts
is Panerai, which is operating from
Milan and Neuchatel. It has also brought forward chronographs and has gained
recent success with its diving watches resisting pressures existent at 1000 meters
A very young and upcoming watch brand is Richard Mille which has produced futuristic high-end timepieces since
the turn of the millennium. Already the design of the watch cases is considered
to be one of the most complicated processes. It takes 68 stamping operations to
prepare the basic forms – all before the actual cutting. That complication is
meant to hint at the complications which can be found inside the watch – invisible
to the eye.
Thus, every high-end watch company has its own particularities and can
be appreciated as one of the most valuable businesses in today’s manufacturing
of time-telling devices.
Look what this is about.