Every new watch is like a new piece of art
It has a different story to tell.
the very interesting things about watches: on the one hand you have a high precision device
and the other thing is they have to be hand finished which is very related to arts and crafts.
You have these two worlds in one watch
both the aesthetical aspect of it and the mechanical aspect of it.
Arnold and Son made
Here we are at Arnold and son in our premises La Chaux-de-Fonds
where we manufacture all of our watches.
Arnold and Son refers to John Arnold
who was one of the biggest and most important watchmaker who ever lived.
He invented a lot of technical solutions still in use today.
The aim of the modern company to innovate and to continue his legacy.
but in a contemporary, new manner
the idea is really to continue the story more than to repeating it
First with the design team we design how the watch should look like
the size it should have the thickness you have to have a kind of mechanical harmony is it good-looking or not
and when we are happy with the new complications and we think the watch are something news
then we create basically the inner work which will make the aesthetic happen.
The first thing you have to do is to order the right material
because we use a lot of different materials into mechanical movement
going from brass over steel up to titanium or gold
包括黄铜 钢铁 钛金属和黄金
and you need a specific material for every different part of it.
once you have the raw material
you start really making the components
We have different kinds of raw materials going to different workshops
for depending on the part you want to make
If you want to do watchmaking on super high level
you need extremely skilled and specifically trained people
we have more than thirty different job description purely different education
and you find these education these training only in this region
because nowhere else in the world you need such kind of know-how
Working with tiny parts is a challenge
because tiny parts makes very small tolerances
We are working in micron tolerances
so you cannot do anything without good tooling
We have in house a tool making department
which makes from the little screwdrivers watch make a need
up to a stamping tool which
takes months of development
The reason why we do all our tooling in house
because if you are not mastering your tools
you’re not mastering the part you want to produce
once all the parts are cut with machinery they goes to the clean
They submitted to quality control
decides if the part is good enough
to continue to the decoration workshop
Different kinds of traditional movie decorations are applied from
Geneva’s drives sateen finish depending on the company.
These mechanical watch you buy today is not the leading technology anymore.
It’s really crafted arts.
You are not racing for technological breakthrough.
You are more racing for making most exact watches
There is a very different relation to a mechanical version you do to an electronic device
because the day you buy it you know that the next one will come
and you will swap it to getting the better one
with the mechanical watch, it’s really the object as a physical object of all the handwork
which makes it special and unique.
That’s makes a big difference to something more the electronic side
Once these bars have been decorated their quality checks again to
see the decoration hasn’t affects the functional aspect of it
That’s always a bit of a trick that you have to decorate but not to deteriorate the part.
They go to be preassembled in a specific workshop before going to the watch makers.
set stones for instance in two main plates put axes on two wheels
once all these parts have been preassembled they arrive to watchmaker who does the final estimate.
The watchmaker gets all the little parts and little boxes
start taking the main plate which is the base on everything gets billed on
adding the wheels which are all on axis
different ridges holding all different wheels in place
you have to add all the winding mechanism because you want to be able to wind your watch
put a dial on it then you put hands
and one last thing which we are always at the end is the escapement
which is basically the heart of any mechanical watch
it’s also what you hear when you’re listening to a mechanical watch when you have it Tic Tac
it’s the very first time you will see and hear you watch moving
Starting from the simple beating it’s a long process going to a highly accurate mechanical watch
you cannot just put the parts together and expect to watch to tell perfect time
we are checking the watches of $600
on different vibration and other machines to get rich
to learn everything in okay
It can be just a little tiny you does you don’t see it
when you put it all together but when you move the watch
it’s kind of files of the movement.
So this process is pretty pretty long
but this is what the complexity of such a mechanical device requests.
Once you think that the accuracy of the movement is good.
You put it into a watch case which we protect the movement
You add the bracelet and the backup and you have a watch
watches up most of the time perceived as a time capsule
it’s really something which are still built today
as it used to be for the last centuries.
It’s nice I think also for people to be able
to die something which has always existed
and then probably will always exist as a form of art.
Every new watch is like a new piece of art