Jeff Kingston visits the guilloche dial workshop at Breguet in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.
Dial making is one of watchmaking greatest specialties in the history of watchmaking and guilloche dials are a specialty within that specialty. To watch it being practiced, is to take yourself back 200 years in time, because the methods and the machines being used have their routes back that far. It was Abraham Louis Breguet himself and his workshops in Paris two centuries ago, who introduced guilloche dials to watches. The guilloche dial room at Breguet has been described as a manufacture inside the manufacture. The machines are as manual as it gets. All of the work is done by hand. Enjoy this video and learn more about the making of guilloche dials.