Dial | T3 Special Watches
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THE DIAL

As the dial defines the watch personality we needed a dial with a contemporary flavour, classic and and yet innovative. A dial that would pass the test of time and of changing styles.

Sandwich dial

Back to the drawing board, we came up with our design with large rounded roman numerals an a shiny and glossy sandwich dial.

This dial style is more complex to manufacture than a classic printed dial as before going to the dialmaker the top plate has to be cut off with the numerals;

The top plate has to be precision-cut with the numbers and the subdial window;

The bottom plate, in line with the traditional process it has been galvanic treated, mirror polished and printed with the sub dial;

It is then bolted to the top plate via three connecting pins, which have also been hand-machined on a watchmaker`s lathe and then hand-polished.

The Galvanic “Glossy” Print

The dial is not printed with “normal” paint because we wanted that special look that comes with old-style “galvanic” printing technology.

Galvanic print has more of a shine because the color coating is a very thin and translucent, durable, layer, which is not spray-painted but it is applied by electrolysis.

This style of dial-making was quite common till the 1960`s, particularly on dark “glossy” dials, but as printing technology has evolved it has dropped out of use as it is more complex and more costly to produce.

Galvanic dials have a different light and finding a dialmaker who would produce this small lot of dials was quite time-consuming.

Finally a friend dialmaker agreed to do our “special” production warning us that, because of the very low numbers of this lot, each dial would be hand-treated, so each dial would have a slightly different colour tone.

This is because the galvanic treatment has been done “by hand” and the dial plate is removed from the bath when it “looks ready” and following a timer, and as a fraction of time more or less can make the difference in the final colour nuance, no two dials are the same.

Incidentally, this is what we wanted: as it is a production largely done by hand, no two Dague should be exactly the same.