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What's your view of decorated movements

  • Love 'em! Will pay extra

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  • Love 'em! But won't pay extra

    Votes: 9 30.0%
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I like them. I only have one that is really decorated and I am sure it is Chinese made but it looks great and is very accurate. I think it makes a watch look very cool and to be honest if it is not decorated I would prefer a closed back such as the one coming on our WTF watch.
 

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In my mind, one of the most fascinating arts of watchmaking is in the decorating of the movements. In some high end brands, a watchmaker will obsess over a decoration on a component that is not even visible. That is to anyone other than the next watchmaker who will see it and presumably understand. I can understand spending time on the visible bits. But some of these movements have extensive decoration and don't even have a display case back!

What started this phenomenon? I can't think of another industry quite like it. .
 

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I just wish the mid priced brands would furnish their decorated movements with a gold plated rotor. With a rhodium plated movement(which is most common) a gold decorated rotor would really stand out. Two-tone is neat.
Now I know you get that with your really expensive brands but those rotors are solid gold usually at least 22 karat. I'm sure the rotor alone costs more than the whole movement or maybe even the watch if you are talking say a Jacques Lemans, Edox or SWI.
 

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It鈥檚 an art that I love, it can make a good watch a great watch.
 

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I like them. Especially this skeletonized Invicta I just got. It's wonderful to look at. The decorated ETA and SW200 are great too. I think it makes the watch a watchperson's watch. Who else but us would care so much about them..
 
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