Guilloche

It is impossible to escape noticing watches made using Guilloche technique. They attract the eyes of sophisticated experts, and simply people with good taste. The meaning of guilloche is in applying thin etching pattern of wavy, parallel, or criss-crossing touches on the surface in correct geometrical sequence. A certain geometrical pattern glistening with unusual sparkle is etched on the surface of a rotating semi-finished product.

Guilloche is made on a special machine. In the 17th-18th centuries European-made Guilloche machines penetrated houses of the nobility and royalty. Lathe carving became a favorite leisure time occupation at European monarchial courts. Prussian kings Frederich III and Frederich IV, George III of England, as well as Louis XV and Louis XVI of France personally took care of lathing decoration of such objects as jewel-boxes and compasses that we can still see in museums. In workshops of these monarchs worked a lot of sophisticated lathe hands. Not only men were interested in lathing, but also were women, even the Queen Victoria had a lathe. In this particular time, the time of interest to mechanisms, people created the best samples of delicate lathing work. 

Guilloche is performed with steel or diamond cutters. Glassiness of facets also comes from a specially prepared tool made of rubies.