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We all know that the human touch in fine craftsmanship, especially watchmaking, is an irreplaceable skill. However, Baselworld 2019 will once again prove to us how valuable and mesmerizing handcrafting truly is.

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Baselworld 2019: Smoothing down. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

The crown’ jewel for many watch luxury brands such as Patek Philippe or Rolex is the fact that from cases and dials to their beating hearts, their watches are finished by hand by a dedicated, trained master artisans, with rare skills and knowledge passed through generations.

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Baselworld 2019: Smoothing down. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

The detailed manual work carried out on the internal mechanisms of a watch is where hand-finishing reaches its unique zenith. Movements are created using advanced technologies, artisanal know-how, authenticity, and detailed finishing.

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Baselworld 2019: Chamfering or beveling, in French, known as anglage. The sharp edge between the surface and the flank is cut away to a smooth 45° curve, then polished to a gleam. One of the most complicated of finish methods, chamfering is time consuming and calls for supreme artisanship. The angle’s surface must be regular and smooth, with parallel edges and a constant width. Use too much pressure and the component deforms; not enough, and the angle won’t be clear and sharp. A chamfer highlights the shape of the part, like a cloud’s silver lining, and when chamfered components are assembled, the play of light is breathtaking. The process also removes any residual burrs. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

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Baselworld 2019: Chamfering or beveling. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

After machining, every movement component (many of which will never be seen) passes through or is finished by human hands, and often decorated. The same processes are applied for all calibers, from Grand Complications to classic calibers. Specific surfaces can be so minuscule that they’re barely perceptible to the naked eye, and craftsmen work with binocular microscopes.

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Baselworld 2019: Trimming – Using a magnifying eyeglass and a scraper with a slim spear-like head, any minute burrs or remaining scraps of material left by machining on the movement main plate and bridges are removed. The result is not just sleek edges, but enhanced performance, since tiny burrs may, in time, come loose and fall into the watch’s sensitive workings, such as the finely intermeshing wheel-trains. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

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Baselworld 2019: Trimming. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

This trustworthy refinement is carried out by talented craftsmen whose raison d’être is the integrity and precision of what they do, and whose fulfillment comes from the fact that everything inside the watch has been enhanced by them to move with soft expertise. The quality of finish determines not just how well the part will perform its function, but for how long.

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Baselworld 2019: Sinking the holes – With a jewelry tool soaked in benzine, a concave chamfer or incurving edge, called a sink, is carved, by twisting, into a previously machined hole. This sink, created for either screws or gemstones, is then highly polished. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

In the past when oils were less stable, the sinking of wheels kept the oil more directed toward the axis. Today, it’s a purely aesthetic job, which is related to the attention to detail and contributes to the overall refinement of a superb watch. The different wheels (flat metal circles) all receive a polished sink, which is a concave chamfer or slightly hollowed groove. It’s done using a diamond-cutting tool on a mechanical lathe, which is lowered onto the carefully placed piece, where it cuts a circle like a bull’s-eye or Spitfire logo. The sinks, shining, perfect circles, are made one by one.

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Baselworld 2019: Sinking the wheels. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

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Baselworld 2019: Sinking the wheels. Photo: ©Patek Philippe

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