Are WIS living in the past with regard to what it takes to make our watches? Many seem to have a romanticized image of a bearded old Swiss man wearing lederhosen working away at a bench meticulously hand filing and polishing watches.
In reality most watches are churned out on CNC mills. Polished by machine and inspected using optical sensors. Far from the image many have of a skilled craftsman plying his tools. Even using the term “hand assembled” conjures up images of a skilled craftsman toiling for hours carefully piecing together a watch increasing it’s value and desirability. Truth is movement assembly is a relatively unskilled task that probably takes an assembler less than an hour.
Decorative finishing is the same. Highly sought after perlage and Geneva stripes take literally minutes on computer controlled equipment yet we act like someone spent days of hand work on them. They don’t
There was a time when these things were done by hand and skilled craftsman spent years perfecting their skills. Those days are gone yet us watch nerds continue to act like things still happen that way even though we know they don’t. Why?