A watchmaker’s motto is “we make watches”.
It’s a phrase that captures how the industry works.
But a watchmakers ethos can be just as important as its product.
“A watchmaker doesn’t care what’s inside the watch,” said James Dolan, a partner at boutique boutique watchmaker Dolan Group.
“It’s about creating the perfect watch.
So, what are the key principles?”
In other words, the watchmaker is an individual who has an aesthetic vision for a watch.
A watchmakers vision defines what makes the watch “beautiful”, says Dolan.
For example, it’s important to have a watch that is elegant and modern.
And, it helps to have something that feels timeless.
Watchmaker’s principles are as varied as the watch itself, and the philosophy is important to them.
Here are some of the most important principles in watchmaking, and how they shape the way they design and create the pieces they make.
Principle #1: The aesthetic The aesthetic is the basic, fundamental idea behind the watch.
And it is what separates a watch from a watchmaking company.
“The aesthetic is a really important part of the watchmaking process,” said Dolan about the aesthetic of a watch maker.
The aesthetic isn’t something that a watch manufacturer adds to the watch but something the watch maker’s vision comes from.
The watchmaker might create something that has a classic aesthetic or something that’s a bit more contemporary.
But, it has to reflect the watch’s original intention.
Watchmakers don’t just add to the aesthetic.
They need to give a nod to the original.
That’s what Dolan is referring to when he says the watch needs to reflect its original purpose.
The original is the point at which a watch designer’s aesthetic begins.
“For a watch to be a watch, it needs to be original,” he said.
So what’s an original watch?
A watch designer could make a watch with a classic or modern aesthetic.
But the original design is important.
A vintage watch from the 1800s or the 1930s is an example of an original.
A contemporary watch from 2015 or 2017 might not be an original, but it still has the original aesthetic.
That aesthetic will guide the watch and will be a key part of its design.
“In a lot of watches, you don’t see an original because they’re so much more modern,” Dolan said.
“You’re seeing an attempt at something that is really new, something that you can’t quite place in its time.”
For example: a modern watch with modern detailing or a modern design with modern details is an attempt to be contemporary.
That modern look or detail is important because it’s the most distinctive aspect of the piece.
“So, if you look at the way we see a watch on the wrist, we want something that will make people smile,” he continued.
“That’s an important part in our process.
We’re looking for something that looks good on your wrist.”
Principle #2: The materials The materials are the parts of the design that have to be made to the best of their ability.
And they’re the part of a design that you must have in place before it can be made.
“We have to have the materials in place to create a watch,” Dronan said.
For instance, the material of a bracelet needs to have some sort of material that will hold the watch securely.
A bracelet should be durable enough to last for years without breaking, but not so durable that it can’t be replaced.
That is, if the bracelet can be replaced with something better, the original bracelet will have to go.
“But if you can replace the bracelet, you’ll have a more durable watch,” he added.
“If you can give it a second chance, you won’t be missing out on the original.”
Dolan explained that a bracelet is the second most critical component of a good watch.
“There are two main types of watches,” he explained.
“One is the watch you wear every day and the other is the one that you wear once a year,” he told Mashable.
“They’re very different types of watch, but they’re very important to the design.”
A good bracelet, on the other hand, should be made in a way that can last for decades without breaking.
“And if it’s not going to last, it will need to be replaced,” he stressed.
So the key is to choose the material that you’re going to use on your bracelet.
“When you’re making a watch you need to know what kind of materials you need,” he stated.
“Materials that are strong and durable, and materials that can be easily replaced.”
The materials and methods that you choose will also determine how much of your watch will be made with the materials that you chose.
So when making a modern bracelet, the materials will be much more important.
“Somebody that has the most materials in their hands will make