Disappointment with Malte tourbillon

Guys, I am curious why the vaunted Malte tourb isn't very decorated. It also lacks chamfering and bevelling around the tourbillon escapement, as well as blued screws. 

If you removed the gold lettering, the movement would be pretty bare. 

I've heard from one watchmaker that tourbillons cannot be overly decorated as this would affect their accuracy. Is this therefore a characteristic of tourbillons?

Please recognize that the linked photo....
10/09/2012 - 06:21
Is both poor in resolution, and computer generated. I think you would be quite astounded by the high quality of VC's finishing on their tourbillon watches if you saw them in person, including those finishing techniques you listed. VC prefers not to use blued screws...I personally like the high polish look on screw heads. I expect that Alex will have some high res photos to share of a live watch for you in this thread. Bill
Here are 4 from mine.
10/09/2012 - 07:27
You can see there is chamfering on the settings for the jewels as well as the screws and the bridges.  The slots of the screws show anglage as well and the screw heads are highly polished. The tourbillon mechanism is not decorated for the same reason a regular anchor escapement is not. The only thing companies individualize is the rotor which in this watch is the VC logo. Other companies have used their own unique design which you may consider decorative. The screws securing the movement on the front are simlar to those on the back. JB
10/09/2012 - 08:54
Hi, I'm surprised to read your words because the Malte Tourbillon is quite possibly my favourite watch, and the astounding level of finish is one of its main assets. It's for me closer to the level of finish seen from Philippe Dufour for instance, than to what we generally see on high horology pieces! Best Dje
I beg to differ....greatly
10/09/2012 - 12:19
Don't really agree with you here, to obtain the shap of the tourbillon bridge is close to 2 full days of work! The tourbillon cage has 16 interior angles which can be only done painstakingly by hand and the back plates have 10 interior angles. Interior angles being extremely difficult and time consuming. For a "finisher" to be able to work on interior angles he/she will need 18months of prior apprenticeship.click here for an article on the finishing techniques at VC Finally blued screws are not traditional to Geneva watchmaking
10/09/2012 - 17:43
I should have mentioned that Alex, I forgot. I have seen this bridge and the Maltese Cross being finished at the Manufacture ingeneva, as I am sure, have others. It is extremely labour-intensive and a labour of love. The flat CNC produced parts are are hand polished, shaped and finished with anglage including the tourbillon cross. Joseph
what movement do you consider to have a fine finish?
10/09/2012 - 12:57
exactly the question I was about to ask... (nt)
10/09/2012 - 22:20