Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Art of Guilloché

(/ɡɪˈloʊʃ/; or guilloche) 

is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern is mechanically engraved into an underlying material via engine turning, which uses a machine of the same name, also called a rose engine lathe.

Today, only a handful of specialist guillocheur, outside of Switzerland, make the watch dials following the traditional methods on vintage hand operated rose-engines. Joshua Shapiro from California  is one of those artisans. 

Last year Joshua needed assistance with slicing meteorite for his new dial project-  we were happy to help.  We also made a number of rather intricate racks for his straight guilloche machine. He is a fine young man and we continue to collaborate offering our machining skills and capabilities.

His latest project was the 'Infinity watch' which generated global interest. The entire batch was sold out. The prices for the steel version was USD$21,000 and gold $29,000. He is currently busy designing and making parts for his in-house mechanism.

Horology Raw & Uncut, 57 minutes interview with Josh Shapiro is a must watch for any watch enthusiasts - especially is you are interest to learn more about guilloche dial making, rose engine and history of the craft. 

Watch it here:
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