Questionnaire, tourbillon, and perpetual calendar are hailed as the invention of three complicated watch movements of the century. Nifre’s masterpiece is the prestigious ‘two-question watch’. In addition, Nieve is also good at making enamel dials. Its unique feature is the introduction of 100% full-hand engraving technology on the surface design with a diameter of only 42mm, fully showing the unique style of combining art and machinery.
German watches are mostly made of German silver. The silver shown in the figure below does not refer to the true silver metal, but an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel, which is stronger than the brass generally used for plywood and bridge plates. After years of grinding, this metal will show a silver-like luster, while at the same time with the texture of precious metals, thus becoming a representative mark of German watches.
The Nèvre PièceUnique series shows two different engraving methods: relief and intaglio. ‘Relief’ is a hand-carving method of complex convex body, and the pattern is carved on multi-layer stone (agate stone). The engraved dial is made of crystal stone. Because it is completely transparent, it is very suitable for mirror engraving. It can create a three-dimensional visual effect in the subsequent coloring process. Xiao Bian saw these models on the spot. The time-consuming and labor-intensive work of engraving and painting is self-evident, and the complex details of the pattern actually require extremely high accuracy.
When it comes to the finishing of watches, in fact, the hollowing out of the movement is a traditional high-tech process, and only watchmakers with years of experience can complete this challenging and time-consuming task. Thanks to the fine compression of the materials, the watch looks extremely elegant. Neveel not only hollows out the parts, but also modifies the grooves of different gears, fixtures and grooves. They will be engraved in different ways and plated with different gold or diamonds.