03 Feb '13, 8am

Additive Value

Additive Value

All the traditional decorative arts in watchmaking—engraving, guillochage, enameling, and jeweling—have been mixed together freely since the birth of the craft. In fact, it was during this early period in the 17th and early 18th centuries, before most major advancements in movements took place, that decoration was regarded as the preeminent skill in watchmaking. Artisans at the watchmaking centers of the period, like Geneva’s Fabrique, frequently mixed enamel with diamond or pearl settings and with both hand and engine engraving. But as all these skills began to gradually fade in succeeding decades, fewer and fewer of them were used in tandem. The remaining artisans, especially those who continued to practice in the 20th century, increasingly did so in isolation—paranoid, in some cases, that their skills might be appropriated. Pieces featuring multiple techniques became ra...

Full article: http://robbreport.com/Watches/Additive-Value

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