It takes Audemars Piguet seven hours and 12 separate steps to make each of its Tapisserie dials, defined by an engraved grid of pyramidal squares. There are three sizes: the Grande Tapisserie – as seen on this plum-hued dial of the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph watch – lies between the Petite Tapisserie and the Mega Tapisserie. The 41mm white gold case was hammered using a jewellery-making technique to give it a diamond-like sparkle.
The watches of Chopard founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard used to be engraved with a beehive and bees – a nod to the Swiss farmers of yore who used to make movement components during the winter. The Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer pays tribute to this historical motif with a guilloche honeycomb motif, found on the dial and the back of the office-style cover. Powered by an automatic COSC-certified movement, the ultra-thin timepiece is housed in a 40mm white gold case.
The 18th century watchmaking great Abraham-Louis Breguet was the first to apply guilloche techniques to watch dials, using different patterns to delineate the various subdials on a watch. Today, the brand with his name continues to be synonymous with the engraving art. Housed in a 40mm white gold case, this self- winding Breguet Marine 5517 timepiece is distinguished by the wave-like guillochage on its blue dial.
Rays of light
What is the perfect complement to a moon-phase display featuring a polished new moon set against a starry sky encircled by an engraved date counter? As the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel shows, it’s a sunray enamel guilloche dial in sky blue, which catches the eyes with its uniquely shiny translucence. Powered by a self-winding movement, this dressy timepiece is housed in a 39mm white gold case.
Poetry in motion
The Legacy Machine Thunderdome by MB&F was made possible by two master watchmakers – Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. Together, they conceptualised the world’s fastest triple-axis tourbillon, which sits atop an equally mesmerising blue dial and bears the signature guillochage of Voutilainen. This hand-wound timepiece measures 44mm in diameter and 22.2mm in height (because of its domed structure). This Hour Glass edition features a tantalum case and a dial in dark blue.
As early as 1780, hand engraved guilloche was used by Vacheron Constantin to decorate its dials. As its model name suggests, the Traditionelle Manual-Winding continues this decorative tradition with an understated Clous de Paris motif. Atop the dial is a 40-hour power reserve indicator (10 o’clock) and date indicator (3 o’clock) – aside from the time indications, of course. A hand-wound movement powers this 40mm pink gold timepiece.
Available in purple, grey or brown, the Little Lange 1 models are as busy as a A. Lange & Sohne dial will get. A guilloche motif enlivens this timepiece in a diamond-set, white gold case measuring 36.8mm and framed by a diamond-set bezel. The power reserve indicator at 2 o’clock shows how much is left of the three-day energy store of this manually wound timepiece.