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The art of enamelling at Cartier


Earlier in my epic 13-part post on the Cartier manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds I took a look at the enamelling department of the manufacture ( click here to see the post). This post will provide a more detailed look - with 42 never seen before photos - at the enamel atelier. Atelier emaillage - "enamel workshop" The enamel workshop was set up three years ago. Not many watch companies have in-house enamel artists, it is expensive and there are absolutely no economies of scale from vertical integration. But bringing it in-house does offer a greater variety of choice and flexibility in the resul...

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A visit to Manufacture Roger Dubuis in Geneva.


A visit to Manufacture Roger Dubuis By Su Jia Xian (SJX) The trajectory Roger Dubuis has taken in its 15 years is remarkable. Founded in 1995 by Carlos Dias, Roger Dubuis started out as a maker of makers in the classic Geneva style – with a twist. Movements were finished to a high degree, consecrated with the Geneva Seal and blessed with an Observatory certificate. Even when the brand used new old stock movements, they were modified for that distinctively elaborate Geneva look with separate cocks for the escape, third and fourth wheel. In fact, the firm was founded as SOGEM, or Socié...

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A visit to the Lange manufactory in Glashütte.


A visit to the Lange manufactory in Glashütte An tour of the Lange Uhren factory in Glashütte covering the manufacturing and finishing of parts, assembly and testing, including in-house hairspring production By Su Jia Xian (SJX) Lange watches are today made at the Lange I and Lange II buildings on Altenberger Straße. Originally the premises of clockmaker Strasser & Rohde, Lange set up here after the company was re-established in 1990 because the original Lange building at Ferdinand-Adolph-Lange-Platz 1 was owned by the town of Glashütte and unavailable. Fortunately in the y...

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