Nested with his five watchmakers in a luminous atelier inside the Audemars Piguet Museum in Le Brassus, Bruno Grand Chavin finishes and assembles what will later become tourbillons. Actually “enlighten them” would be a more fitting word.
While modern technology enhances accuracy and guarantees interchangeability of movement components there is no short cut yet for the finishing applied to each of them, the latter are exclusively carried out by hand and pushed to the limits of perfection. The same is true for their assembly. A distinction both collectors and watchmakers cherish equally.
A connoisseur’s eye spots in fraction of seconds the discerning yet pivotal differences in movement construction, finishing and decoration – attributes setting high grade timepieces aside of the rest. In this workshop passionate watchmakers use all their ‘Savoir-Faire’ to build timepieces given to them in spare parts.
As soon as each component fulfils its mission flawlessly, a step watchmakers refer to as ‘mise en fonction’, their expert hands are devoted to timing before performing with the art of decoration, a step which puts their signature on each of their pieces.