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Watch spread: the craft of guilloche

Engraving these timepieces with a rose engine lathe adds a distinctive character.

  • Audemars piguet

    On the grid

    It takes Audemars Piguet seven hours and 12 separate steps to make each of its Tapisserie dials, defined by an engraved grid of pyramidal squares. There are three sizes: the Grande Tapisserie – as seen on this plum-hued dial of the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph watch – lies between the Petite Tapisserie and the Mega Tapisserie. The 41mm white gold case was hammered using a jewellery-making technique to give it a diamond-like sparkle.

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