Truly exclusive watchmaking: our timepieces with blue hands

When we introduced our enamel dial model “082° émail grand feu”, we decided to compliment the beautiful blue numeric enamel indicators with matching blue watch hands. Given the very limited number of enamel watches we can produce, we decided to make the watch hands ourselves in our ateliers in Saint-Imier.

As we perfected the shape, our respect for the artisans that produce this seemingly simple watch component grew with every week and every prototype that did not quite match our standards.

 

Now that we have mastered the process, it is nice to see that watch enthusiasts and Zeitwinkel customers appreciate the effort that goes into every one of these small masterpieces. That’s why we offer our blue watch hands also for select models from our Classic and Midsize collections with blue and silver dials.  

We start with just a piece of metal

Just like watchmakers hundreds of years ago, we start with a carefully selected sheet of steel that is cut and shaped. We then spend as much time as necessary optimizing the shape by hand, without the help of any production robots or serial manufacturing processes.

 

Afterwards, our watchmakers polish, polish and again polish as long as it takes to achieve just the right shape and finish. Since the steel we use is quite hard, this takes a long time. The watch hands are subsequently blued over heat by hand  to the exact color shade we want to achieve. It is only after this process that potential contaminations or inclusions in the steel become visible, in which case all prior effort has been in vain.

 

No further changes to the shape or finish of the hands can be made after bluing. We only carefully chamfer the edges of the hands for better recognition, a unique feature for Zeitwinkel watches that allows the use of blue hands on blue dials.

 

 

Bleu sur Bleu

Blue dials have been available for Zeitwinkel watches for several years now. Although we build far fewer watches with this color option, they are always very popular with customers.

 

Blue dials might not seem as the most obvious choice for blue hands, but we were sure they would appeal to those who really likes blue watches. After all, they are a perfect match for blue suits or jackets!

 

The color scheme option “Bleu sur Bleu”, blue watch hands on a blue dial, is currently available for our Classic 42.5mm models 273° and 181° as well as for our midsize 39mm model 188°.

 

Technical details can be obtained from the pages for the respective base models. For prices and delivery times, please drop us a line.

Telling the time Blue on Blue

How can you tell the time when everything is blue? Our initial concerns were allayed by the first prototype we built. In fact, the different materials and surface structures of the dial and the watch hands reflect light differently, so the time is always easily recognizable.

 

For a perfect result, we take the additional step of chamfering the edges of the watch hands. As a result, they shine in the light silver color of the original steel, a very unique feature for Zeitwinkel watches.

 

To really appreciate the beauty and functionality of our new “Bleu sur Bleu” models, arrange a meeting to see them!

 

 

Bleu sur Argent

Because most watch enthusiasts ultimately chose silver or black dials for their Zeitwinkel watch, we also offer the color scheme “Blue on Silver”.

 

For these timepieces, we do not chamfer the watch hands, which leaves them all blue for a perfect contrast with the silver dial.

 

The color scheme option “Bleu sur Argent”, blue watch hands on a silver dial, is currently available for our Classic 42.5mm models 273° and 181° as well as for our midsize 39mm model 188°.

 

Technical details can be obtained from the pages for the respective base models. For prices and delivery times, please drop us a line.

Blue reflected in the movement

All Zeitwinkel watches are built with our exclusive Zeitwinkel in-house movements ZW0102 or ZW0103. They can be found only in Zeitwinkel watches and are not based on any other movement.

 

Exclusively for our timepieces with blue watch hands, we pick up the blue touch of color on the backside as well. Same as for the hands, the visible screws are blued all the way to the screw slot using only heat.

 

This would be highly impractical for a mass produced movement, but since we assemble them only by hand, we feel the result is worth the extra effort. The blue screws are after all a great match for the German Silver of the plates and bridges.