Our watches are wonderfully beautiful, even where their wearers will never see. There are decorations on our movements that only the watchmaker who cleans and oils them will enjoy. Other embellishments can be seen through the sapphire crystal glass back, if the watch has one—and these beautiful finishes reflect the precision with which the caliber is crafted.
Once upon a time, such finishes had another function; they acted as dust collectors, since any dust particles would stick to their uneven surface rather than clogging the wheels of the caliber. These days, watches are sealed well enough to prevent dust from getting in; production processes have also changed greatly, becoming cleaner. But the beautiful finishes have remained. The most important ones are:
Photo: 1. NOMOS Glashütte, 2–3. NOMOS Glashütte/Holger Wens, 4. NOMOS Glashütte/Sebastian Asmus, 5. NOMOS Glashütte/Franziska Mueller, 6. NOMOS Glashütte/ Holger Wens, 7. NOMOS Glashütte/ Sebastian Asmus