In the field of decoration, the patterns are inspired by the Renaissance style and the elaborate works of architecture and the decorative arts, with in-depth research a vital part of the manufacturing process.
The aim of the various decorating methods is to enhance the beauty of the movement and personalise it. They are an authentication of watchmaking art, and are designed and executed to the most stringent criteria. Every Haute Horlogerie movement is individually and patiently assembled, set and tested. The extreme care taken with the finish of every part is not only a matter of beauty, but also a way of guaranteeing its technical perfection. No-one would dare to meticulously polish, engrave or adorn an imperfect part. Only once they have been shaped, and then individually inspected, do these movement components proceed to decoration, before final assembly. The precision and complexity of this finishing and decoration work reach an apogee in "Skeleton" watches. Designed to reveal a glimpse of the beauty and architectural complexity of their movement, they demonstrate the full wealth of watchmaking decorative art. In a Haute Horlogerie movement, all the surfaces of the parts are reworked so as to eliminate all traces of machining. The smallest wheel or pinion will be treated, finished, polished, circular-grained or chamfered. Every step demands its own craft technique and the use of specific tools derived from a long tradition.