Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Luxury timepieces: Cotes de Genève striped finishing

The market for luxury timepieces is still very much alive and well. 

Reputable watchmakers take their time crafting not only the exterior design, but the inner features of these collectible bands. Although digital technology is stealing the media spotlight with buzz everything from weather indicators to your heart rate monitors,the old style wristwatch is making a comeback.

Let's look at one of the most prestigious features:  Cotes de Genève striped  finishing.

Depending upon the brand name, it is also known by the names " Genève stripes" or "rayonnantes".  This is one of the most popular and well known finishing on movements crafted by some of the most elite in the industry.

The pattern is etched on the smooth surfaces of the base plate or other parts that resemble stripes. it is in fact a set of stripes that form in a pattern, but the composition consists of mini angled scratches in a very systematic way.

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