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Precision, Precision, Precision

Posted on July 16, 2010 by Linde Werdelin

You may not know this, it took us 4 years in design and development before our ‘watch + instrument’ idea could be realised. Apart from how everything would fit inside a mechanical watch case, how the case would work with a digital instrument posed a huge challenge. Or, shall we say, a headache. Whose idea was it?!

When it almost felt like an impossible idea, we came up with a clip-on system. There may be a zillion ways to make a watch look good. But we no longer had the free rein, having to allow this system to work.

If something stands against you, you either fight it, or you work with it to your advantage. We did the latter. And it gave rise to yet another part of our DNA – the LW angular case design, distinguished with multi-facets and indentations at 3 and 9 o’clock to hold the instrument in place.

Precision is key. There is no room for error when it comes to producing the watch case. Each facet, each angle, and each edge of a facet must be 100% where it should be. If a facet is 0.02mm too wide, an angle is deviated in the slightest, or an edge is not dead straight, an instrument won’t hold on.

You can see in the photo above how the watch fits seemlessly into the back of an instrument.

Producing straight edges with such precision in the finest material is a technical nightmare. When machining a watch case, the high temperature hardens the steel and makes it very difficult to be carved into shape. If a line is not carved properly, it won’t show on a curved surface. But you cannot hide it on a flat and edged surface.

Not to mention the polished and brushed facets of our watch cases. The facets are so small it is easy to brush or polish over the edge. It takes years to train a craftsman to have the skill to achieve such precise finish for each watch case.

We like that the polished and brushed facets make the angular case more interesting to look at. Next time you look at it, you can also appreciate the quality of craft that goes into making our watch case, which is extraordinary.

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