A Possibility About The Origin Of Geneva Pattern

In every field, there are things that are taken for granted. Often the reasons are either they are omnipresent, or they are already a household name, or both. In the watchmaking industry, such examples are endless. Spring bar is one, and a particular movement finishing is another. On the one hand, the history of watchmaking is long enough, on the other hand, it is due to its fundamentally incremental nature. When it comes to finishing the movement, there is nothing more common than ‘Côtes de Genève’. Geneva patterns, Geneva ripples, Geneva stripes, whatever you call them. Every imaginable price segment can be seen in different degrees of fine effects. However, when was the Geneva pattern first applied in the industry and why?

   There are many reasons for the movement retouching: craftsmanship; purely for aesthetics; careful manufacture of natural products; and proud expression of product quality. The Geneva pattern seems purely for decoration (like the openwork and chamfering of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Skeleton), but this is not the case. When did the Geneva pattern come out, and why? After so many years of imagination, I finally realized that it might be a good idea to ask a senior expert who knows the answer. While visiting the Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi watch factory, the author asked GiulioPapi (one of the co-founders and one of the most important figures in the modern movement design and watchmaking industry) if he knew the origin story of the Geneva pattern. Unsurprisingly, he knew.

   It turns out that the application of the Geneva pattern was originally a functional purpose, designed to capture dust particles and prevent them from falling on the fine elements of the movement. ‘When you close the case,’ Giulio Papi explains, ‘air and dust particles are also enclosed inside.’ The texture of the Geneva pattern is to capture them, so the texture should not be too rough or too rough. smooth.

   It is said that the engraving of the movement used to serve the same purpose. More than 100 years ago, the Geneva engravers went on strike. In order to avoid meeting their requirements, the watch factory developed a process that can perform the same practical function, the Geneva pattern. Presumably, this caused the Geneva watch factory to fire all engravers in less than a week. Therefore, the invention of the Geneva pattern, whether believe or not, was to undermine the strike.
   Giulio Papi claims that he heard this statement from a watchmaking school mentor and has never seen a real written account, so it may also be a fiction, like a city with a long history in many long-established industries. legend. The time frame mentioned in the story sounds correct. In the mid-19th century, the fish scale pattern was used to refinish the movement, so the Geneva pattern may naturally evolve from it. In either case, what was originally seen as a purely decorative element may not only be pleasing to the eye at first, but also help the watch operate reliably and make a batch of rebellious craftsmen lose their jobs. The story itself is interesting.

Tag Heuer Joins The World Surfing Union And Becomes The Official Timing Of The Giant Wave Tour

Los Angeles, California, United States, May 1, 2015-The World Surfing Federation (WSL) and Swiss watchmaker Pioneer TAG Heuer announce that TAG Heuer will become the World Surfing League giant wave Tour Official (BWT) Official Timing Partner. Surfing upholds fearlessness and sportsmanship, tests the quality and readiness of athletes, and blends perfectly with the unique pioneering spirit of TAG Heuer. TAG Heuer has signed a cooperation relationship with the World Surf Federation for several years, will be the official timing of its tour, and support the ‘Biggest Wave’ and ‘Biggest Wipeout’ annual selection activities organized by the World Surf Federation, will # 无Fear of challenges, the brand concept of “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” is perfectly integrated into the core spirit of giant wave surfing.

   Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the Watch Division of LVMH Group, said: ‘In my more than forty years of career, Development, marketing or sponsorship, I adhere to the principles of uniqueness, difference and daring to be the first. TAG Heuer is the first luxury brand to enter the surfing world. Our brand concept #Perfect fit with the Giant Wave Tour, which makes our partnership unique and innovative. With the support of our friend Kai Lenny, coupled with his infectious passion for surfing, TAG Heuer TAG Heuer is closer to the younger generation. ‘

   ‘When the World Surfing Federation gets the opportunity to host the Hurricane Tour and the Hurricane Surfing Awards, we believe that this can better show the world’s most exciting athletes and their passion to the public with high-standard events.’ , Paul Speaker, CEO of the World Surf Federation, said, ‘Not only can it dramatically increase the visibility of this extraordinary sport, but it also gives the Alliance an opportunity to work with world-class companies. We are very pleased to announce TAG Heuer Thai TAG Heuer becomes the official timing partner of the Wave Surf, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. ‘

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