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.
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.