Precise Mechanical Microcosm
Through the transparent case back, one has an unimpeded view of the finely finished movement with its striking three-quarter plate, an element that is very typical of nineteenth-century pocket watches. Its large surface is thus matte gold-plated in a style known as frosting, the finely grained structure of which is much more difficult to capture than current ubiquitously utilized decorations.
All of the jewel bearings are set in screw-mounted gold chatons. Both winding wheels are adorned with the classic Glashütte sunburst decoration and include a special click with gracefully curved steel springs. The vertical wheel of the repeating mechanism is borne within a steel cage recessed in the base plate, which – like all the raw movement parts – is brought to a mirror shine and given razor-sharp bevels using the technique of tin-polishing.
The balance cock and the repeating mechanism’s spring barrel lid bear a hand-engraved relief engraving of notes and a clef. The two mirror-polished hammers represent a special treat for the eye as they tap the gongs in rhythm to the chime. Even the screw heads are polished, their slits and bodies both display sharp, precise beveling and the filigreed steel pallet lever has been painstakingly worked by hand on all sides. The synthetic ruby pallets display slightly domed, polished surfaces.
All levers, springs, rakes, and cams have been laboriously beveled by hand and their surfaces high polished on tin plates according to the best examples of the art of watchmaking from the close of the nineteenth century.