Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Ii's hard to understand that this surface is absolute plain Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".


Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Call.435/3C. Ref. 4591. From 1950.

Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".

Hej!

Doc
Re: Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".
02/06/2009 - 21:47
 a splendid mouvement ! Thank's for sharing. Deniz
Smooth for sure, but plain? Never! (nt)
02/07/2009 - 01:27
nt
It's absolute plain! It's an optical effect!
02/07/2009 - 01:56
The highest craftmanship , that's also a reason why it's a criteria of the Genve Seal, the true one! Ask any one on this forum,  who knows a little, about most of all. vintage watches, and you'll learn Me for example Hej! Doc
Just teasing Mats...
02/07/2009 - 05:07
"Plain" can also mean ordinary and uninteresting.  Your vintage movement is anything but uninteresting.  I believe the pattern is created by moving a spinning wooden disk across the metal.  What I find fascinating is how the waves are all aligned on different bridges and plates on the 434 chronograph movement of my 4178.  Must be tricky as they are polished individually!
LOL !
02/07/2009 - 12:09
To be honest, first time I had a movement with fausses côtes in my hand, I couldn't resist sliding the 5 th finger very careful over a part of the bridge, ...and it was plain! I never had really, dep inside, believed that it was really flat,  but a little, just little tendency of waves! But plain, cold also mean(?), clearly outspoken, or ? Climb carefully Doc
Lovely vintage piece Doc.
02/07/2009 - 17:08
Have you seen the back of Dufour's Simplicity? Took my breath away... Thanks for the pics!
look at these Rei...
02/07/2009 - 17:16
That's the one Alex.
02/07/2009 - 17:39
In real, it looks like a 3D image  I got the privilege to see Thomas Mao's piece when he came to our town for a visit.
You know how close I was! He is a true master but he stiiled
02/07/2009 - 18:30
liked this frosted gilt movement, a Vacheron& Constantin, of course, since they can't do them at all nowadays! Today it's forbidden, since the makers died young, by mercury poisoning when the mercury vaporized Hej Doc
Another example of vivid and well-aligned stripes
02/08/2009 - 07:48
...and, IMHO, the rest of the finishing is pretty swell, too... I'm glad that Doc has introduced this topic -- no matter how many times I see these sorts of stripes, it's almost impossible to believe that the surface is flat!  Good alignment across different plates/bridges is also impressive, in my view. It's also not that easy to get a decent photo of these stripes!  Doc, I liked your photos quite a bit -- a gorgeous movement and great watch. Best, GaryG
Very nice and good captured Gary
02/08/2009 - 18:16
and extremely fine polishing Indeed many people belives that you can feel a slight curvness of the plate, at least I did, the first time many years ago. This is true 'Trompe l'oeil' Hej! Doc
Gary is that Kari's Observatory watch? nt
02/08/2009 - 19:41
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It is, Alex
02/09/2009 - 07:26
...but I figured I'd crop out the name for purposes of posting on The Hour Lounge! Best, Gary
No problems posting scans of non VC watches, post the whole watch and
02/09/2009 - 10:11
here's a sacn of one of its brothers 
Thanks, Alex, here are a few scans
02/10/2009 - 09:30
I want always to show the proper respect for our hosts and community, but perhaps it is also good to show a select set of other pieces we admire to give a sense for the passions of the group! I think that your piece is fantastic -- in particular small touches like the contrasting dot indices on the dial to mirror the balance cock.  As you see below I chose the more traditional balance cock, but did select the dot indices rather than triangles on the dial.  Basic choices on mine are RG, silver dial, Romans, anthracite markers and numerals, soleil central guilloche, traditional balance cock, quick-release straps in brown, black, navy.  It's this bespoke nature (as well as the fantastic finishing, tradition associated with the movement, etc.) that really drew me to the watch.  I'm very pleased to see VC offering more bespoke options, and will certainly consider these seriously in the future. Best, GaryG
Re: Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".
02/09/2009 - 00:53
Doc, that is a magnificent looking movement. First time I have viewed such a movement and workmanship. Congratulations with this vintage piece as old as me, lol. Best wishes, Matt
Re: Some pictures of "fausses côtes" or "geneva waves".
02/09/2009 - 10:32
what a beauty dear Doc i have admire this watch before but i never seen photos of the cal  it is an amazing compination from outside to inside vassilis