We are excited! This week we reached another important milestone with NH2... the guilloche of timascus! 'Guilloché' is a decorative technique reserved exclusively for the decoration of brass watch dials using a stationary cutting tool moved over the surface creating trenches and grooves. The more detailed the design, the more eye-catching the pattern is. It goes without saying that even the smallest imperfection would stand out like a sore thumb. There are only a handful of dial makers who 'do guilloche' in the traditional way.
Our guilloche is created using a high precision, modern CNC mill. We use
much smaller tools that can be turned between 40 to 50 thousand rpm.
This allows for not just much finer grooves but we can guilloche
extremely hard materials like Titanium and Timascus; and decorate not
just a dial but all internal watch components! The end result is simply
amazing. The combination of three timascus alloys; the uniqueness of the
colours; and the accuracy of each pass of the cutting tool; and the
intricacy of the pattern means our guilloche looks more like a hologram
than a ‘three dimensional’ surface. The grooves are so fine that they
feel more like a smooth glass surface under your finger.
The first prototypes are in the workshop as we speak, and we expect to
have the first fully decorated bridges ready to be assembled in around
three months. I wish I could disclose more, but at this stage I would
not want for this to be copied by the Swiss or the Chinese!