This year's Collector's Events at SIHH included 2 mornings of tours and master classes at VC's Ateliers. The most favorite Ateliers this year were Finishing, Enameling and Design. While great fun and experience was had by all...I IMPLORE all of you to not have these friends become your watchmakers anytime soon!!!
Beveling is much easier than it looks!
Joseph is trying his best, but this is his second attempt at the Finishing Ateliers...he will be banned soon!
Polishing the edges is not fun when introduced as the first step our first opportunity to do a finishing operation.
Metal finishing has never been Daisy strength.
Perlage can look so easy and quick, when somebody else does it
Melvin as he rotates the component and applies the perlage.
Hand-working interior angles after only 30 minutes of experience?
How little is removed when applying Geneva Waves?
Michael beveling away.
We really cause a ruckus. Remember, there are only two full-time enamelars and an apprentice working in this Ateliers on a normal day.
Both Daisy and Joseph found their skills better suited toward enamelling, but are not holding their breaths waiting for new job offers.
Due to time constraints, we were only allowed to pick one color enamel to apply and could only apply one layer. Ususally one color will require at least 2-layers.
Michael is looking to reduce future service costs by learing how to repair his own enamel dials
The crew was getting restless, so somebody tried to make some mini-pizzas in the oven while others were working hard.
After entering the design group's confidential lair, they presented us with a description of how the new Harmony line was developed. This was the first time the entire team worked colloboratively on one project, which was quite rewarding and exciting for the team!
Some prototype dials
Original source of inspiration
Initial case sketches
All paid homage to the Shrine of Kitsch that site right next to Vince Kauffman, and then off to design your own watch!
IMHO, I have to say the women's designs were more interesting than the men's this year
Dianne, being tired of seeing and hearing about Sea-Shadows I, II, III, etc. decided it was about to lighten things up a little - at least its not all black!
Nina wants to make sure there are clear enough notes stating the size and quality of diamonds to be used.
Dean and sequels to the Sea-Shadow
Gary realizes designing is not as easy at it seems.
At the end though, some really cool designs were developed.