Golden carvings are derived from traditional carvings, while carvings are derived from the beginning of human civilization. In ancient times, carving was used as a way of recording, which preserved human wisdom and civilization at that time. In the Renaissance, carving became a unique art form and flourished. In the art palace, there has never been anything like sculpture that can express a three-dimensional, complete, and layered sense, even if painting attempts to be three-dimensional and abstract due to the emergence of perspective.
Hand carved pocket watch
With the classification of carvings, many styles have appeared. Manual micro-sculpting is one of the most complicated engraving methods, while the sculpting of mechanical clocks is just to a large extent applied to manual micro-sculpting. There is no strict subordination between micro-carving and gold-carving, but two classification methods. The intersection of these two classifications is the gold-carving craft in the watch we are talking about today.
Gold sculptures in the watchmaking system
The use of gold carving in clocks is very rich, not only on the surface of the clock, but also on the movement of the clock. In most cases, what we see is the engraving on the surface of the clock. There are some differences in this engraving, such as engraving directly on the appearance parts of the clock (including the dial). The veneering process embeds the finished product into the watch.
For example, Patek Philippe’s new-generation ‘watch king’ 5175, which was launched at the 175th anniversary, is carved directly by Patek Philippe gold carving artisans. In recent years, the zodiac watch has been very lively, and some of its gold sculptures are carved first and then mounted on the dial. These two are not so good or bad, they are just made according to different designs in order to achieve different artistic effects.
In today’s extremely rich clock carving system, we often see many very interesting and profound words, such as shell carving, relief, carving, carving, etc., each of which has its own unique charm and the beauty it displays is irreplaceable. But the difference is that with the help of modern electronic equipment, a considerable part of the engraving process can already be completed by mechanical equipment. Laser engraving is one of them, which is mainly used for engraving information such as numbers and characters. The watch’s artistry still needs to be carved by hand, which is also the most important value of artistic watches.
Traditionally, the steps of making gold sculptures on watches are not complicated. First, draw a sketch, determine the pattern to be carved, then trace the outline of the pattern on the part, then use tools such as sculpting knives, files, etc. Retouch. Then why are there so few good golden sculptures and so difficult? The reason is that people, not everyone can easily master this craft, this is not a matter of being clever or clever, but a spirit, persistent patience and accumulated craftsmanship.
The shape and god of gold sculpture
Compared with gold carving on the external structure of the watch, it is obviously more cautious to move the knife on the core of the watch. No matter how important and strong the art of this watch is, it is first a watch that can accurately display the time, and then the carrier of art and culture. Otherwise, it is necessary to carefully sculpt on the watch. Although the gold carving process seems to be so mature today, in the face of the already formed movement plywood, carving will become a difficult task. This is very similar to Zhuoyu. First of all, we must observe and consider the characteristics of the material itself, and fully follow the structure of the material before we can conceive and carve it.
In the field of fine watchmaking, Blancpain is the leader in artistic watchmaking. Blancpain’s five extraordinary craftsmanship (gold carving, enamel, damascus gold setting, gem setting, and red copper) have greatly opened up mechanical watchmaking in the art space. On the horizon. For this reason, Blancpain has established his own art workshop. The masters here do not specialize in mechanical watchmaking, but instead blend the pure and charming craftsmanship in the world to create Blancpain’s artistic legend. At the Le Brassus watchmaking farm, Blancpain’s gold sculpture team brings infinite vitality to the brand. Ms. Mary, who won the ‘Top Prize in French Handicraft Craftsmanship’ in 2011, will have extremely subtle natural scenery and grand nature through superb carving skills. The scene is condensed into a Blancpain watch.
5 cities 5 styles
In 2011, Blancpain launched the Villeret gold custom-made personal watch in Basel. On the surface, it is no different from some other Villeret watches under the brand. The very simple two-pin design and elegant dial surface make people look completely Impervious to its mystery. However, when you flip over the watch, the Calibre 15B calibre with gold carving pattern produced by Blancpain’s gold carving team will surprise you. Through careful carving, Blancpain fully restored the urban features of Switzerland, France, Japan, China and Hong Kong, China.
Compared with other forms of engraving, the engraving used by this movement is obviously more complicated. First of all, the style of each city is completely different. Then, the original structure of the movement splint needs to be modified and finalized in the composition. This is just the beginning. When entering the gold carving link, we must use the different carving tools of the gold carving craftsman to sculpt, chisel, and modify the detailed patterns. At the same time, we must grasp the size of the plywood. Only the smallest thickness can be presented. Stereo effect.
In addition to this complete set of gold engraved watches, Blancpain has a lot of gold sculpture masterpieces. The Ganesha watch, which has won the GPHG ‘Best Craftsmanship Watch’ award, is even more exciting.
Jacques Dro Carving Time
From the beginning, Jacques Dro’s artistry followed. The association with the royal family not only brought rich wealth to Jacques Dro, but also created a foundation for Jacques Dro in the palace of art and culture. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the fusion of horological production with world art became the basic requirement of royal royal watch masterpieces. Throughout the major museums, royal clocks at that time were never purely mechanical objects. They must have exquisite or even luxurious Decoration and art processing. Many of Jakodro’s masterpieces are on display.
Jacques Darrow bird golden eagle
Nowadays, Jacques Dro’s artistic cultivation is once again appreciated by the world in the art of gold carving. On the small dial, the gold sculptor in the Jacques Dro Art Workshop can always express natural things vividly. Jacques de Roaches timepiece series with four hours and small dials is the outstanding achievement of Jacques de Loire gold carving techniques. In the timepieces of the Jacques de Loose brand’s early timepieces, the tits from the Jura region of Jacques de Lo hometown, Because of his vocal emptiness, Jacques de Rodriguez has shown it in his works through exquisite craftsmanship. Since then, birds have become an important part of Jacques Dro’s art and culture. The theme of Jacques Dro’s immortal masterpiece, ‘Birds of Time’, also comes from birds.
Jacques Rodriguez small bird hour dial-Four Seasons watch
Integrating Jacques Dro traditional craftsmanship, the Jacques Dro gold eagle bird small hour dial-Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons watch on the white mother-of-pearl dial, in a completely three-dimensional form, showing the nature of the birds wonderfully Rhyme. The mother-of-pearl dial fully carved by the master of craftsmanship paves the natural scene of the Swiss Jura Valley, from near to far. In different seasons, the emotions between two birds are depicted in different colors. At the same time, the fully opened wings of the birds are even more vital under the subtle carving of the gold carving.
In order to express this theme vividly, Jacques Dro first carved a complete bird shape using traditional gold carving techniques, and then mounted on the dial to form a strong and vivid three-dimensional feeling. According to different themes, the bird’s surface and background are specially treated to show the different rhythms of the four seasons.
Extreme luxury Unparalleled carved beauty
Carving is a complex way of gold carving, and its complexity can make people respect. Carvings can be used in the movement, or on the case or dial. The main carvings are relatively regular textures, such as dragon scales and flowers. It’s complicated because it requires more detail and is very delicate. It is also because of its complexity that when carefully crafted, it will show the most luxurious beauty.
Vacheron Constantin hand-carved tourbillon movement
Vacheron Constantin, an ancient watch manufacturer that has been continuously produced for 260 years, has a rich history and culture. Because of this, after Vacheron Constantin’s superb artistic performance, its charm has deeply attracted countless art lovers. In Vacheron Constantin, the masters of art create their own series. Each of its watches has its own advantages. The exotic culture with distinctive personality is quietly fused, and one of the most important forms of expression is the carved flower. To celebrate the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin’s founding, in 2015 Vacheron Constantin launched a movement carved master tourbillon watch. The main parts of the movement splint are carved with arabesques, curly leaves and clear meridians.
Lange balance wheel plywood carving process
Although there are many brands that can ask independent sculptors to make a few carved watches, and some brands have the ability to make their own, so far, only a few brands I know are very familiar with carving crafts as a tradition , Continuous inheritance, one of the benchmark brands is Lange. From the revival of Lange to today, the carved balance plywood of the balance wheel has become part of the brand’s unique craftsmanship. Whenever it comes to Lange, or appreciate the Lange movement, this is an indispensable detail, because all these carvings are made by Craftsmen carve by hand, and each one is unique. It is these beautiful patterns that give Lange watches a romantic and artistic atmosphere that makes people intoxicated.
Summary: Only with the blessing of art can mechanical timepieces reach the highest palace of luxury goods. This law has not changed from beginning to end. Art is not practical, so its value is difficult to be measured. Therefore, when we lament the high price of art watches, we should appreciate its intrinsic value. Don’t let the price affect your right to appreciate art.