Movement Decoration and Finishing

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"With an entire department dedicated solely to movement decoration, Hublot is able to finish components to the highest haute horlogerie standards using a mix of traditional techniques as well as modern methods."
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The subtle details in movement finishing that make all the difference.

The perceived quality of a watch is often measured by the attention to detail and level of finishing of individual components within its movement. For a luxury watch manufacturer like Hublot, whose approach has always leaned towards high-tech rather than purely traditional, such finishing adds a more personal, hand-made touch to a timepiece.

With an entire department dedicated solely to movement decoration, Hublot is able to finish components to the highest haute horlogerie standards using a mix of traditional techniques as well as modern methods. Complementing the cases and dials, the movements are given a more contemporary look to by applying matte sand-blasted and satin-brushed finish finishes to bridges instead of classical Côte-de-Genève stripes.

But that’s not no say that Hublot has abandoned traditional hand-finishing altogether. The movement plates are typically given a circular-grain perlage finish, while the edges of bridges, levers and other non-moving components are chamfered and polished.

Even the inner spokes of wheels are beveled and polished by the expert hands of watchmakers specialized in the art of movement decoration.

Once the edges are hand-beveled and angled, the decorator carefully polishes the edges of such components before they can be inspected and sent off for galvanic treatment that will give components their final color.

As Hublot’s use of high-tech materials also extends into the movement in certain watches, such as the carbon fiber plates and bridges on the King Power Cathedral Minute Repeater, the components simply cannot be hand-decorated and finished the way more traditional metals like steel and brass are, so a greater emphasis is placed on the production phase to ensure that components are up to standard – both functionally and aesthetically.

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