Watchmakers Know That Finissage Counts

The centuries-old art of finissage commands attention from brands and collectors alike.

In the world of high watchmaking, beauty is more than surface deep.

Some of the most exquisitely decorated parts of a watch are right there on the dial, but many can’t be seen unless you flip the watch over and look at the movement through an open caseback. Still others, including the work on components that go a long way to justifying a six-figure price, can be seen only by the watchmaker who assembles the movement.

But all of this embellishment is what the industry calls finissage, the art of skilled hand work on the movements and dials. And it

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