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    Tapisserie Dial Watches

    AP Royal Oak is part of my holy trinity - except I will likely never spend close to the amount of money required to purchase the watch. What I love most is the Tapisserie dial that the dial has (see pic below).

    Are there any watches that have a similar fashion dial? I know Tudor 1929 has it - any other pieces I can find pre owned for about 1500 or less?
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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    Maurice LaCroix Aikon can be found easy for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indygreg View Post
    Maurice LaCroix Aikon can be found easy for that price.

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    Let's be careful here between a tapisserie dial and a tapisserie-style dial. AP has the former, Maurice LaCroix has the latter.

    I might write my next article on this.....a 19th century rose lathe is a an old antiquated way to produce these dials. Most watchmakers do not have access to one or the expertise with which to use it. It's something of a fascinating lost art.

    Most watchmakers like MC or Oris stamp their dials to achieve this effect rather than use an actual rose lathe.

    RGM is the only other one I'm aware of that uses an actual lathe to their dial's surface.


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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    ok tapisserie style dials - any more suggestions?
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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    Quote Originally Posted by JacobC View Post
    Let's be careful here between a tapisserie dial and a tapisserie-style dial. AP has the former, Maurice LaCroix has the latter.

    I might write my next article on this.....a 19th century rose lathe is a an old antiquated way to produce these dials. Most watchmakers do not have access to one or the expertise with which to use it. It's something of a fascinating lost art.

    Most watchmakers like MC or Oris stamp their dials to achieve this effect rather than use an actual rose lathe.

    RGM is the only other one I'm aware of that uses an actual lathe to their dial's surface.


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    I'm not a huge fan of the look and did not know this. Thanks for the lesson! I'd like to read that article! Thanks!

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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    Quote Originally Posted by bunnswatch View Post
    ok tapisserie style dials - any more suggestions?
    The AP Tapisserie pattern is actually fairly unique, like others said.

    See in this video how a large disc controlles the lathe to make the small dial:





    The guilloche pattern forming small pyramids ("Clous de Paris") on the other hand is quite common. Omega De Ville and many other watches have this dial pattern.


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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    For $1500 I’d buy the ML and be happy (although I would get the 39mm version)
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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    The Lorier Falcon features a "waffle dial" for $399.
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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    Another one with clou de paris or hobnail pattern is GP Laureato, but yeah way north of $1500

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    Re: Tapisserie Dial Watches

    Isn‘t this also called Clous de Paris.

    WatchWiki notes: „Clous de Paris is a special type of dial guilloche or embossing, resulting in small square knobs. It is also called Paris hobnail or simply hobnail and is found, for example, with the watch model Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

    One of the most famous watches to use Clous de Paris as its signature design element is the Patek Philippe Calatrava.“

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