Last week in Pforzheim, Germany, German watch manufacture Glashutte Original opened a modern-day factory dedicated to dial making.
Even though the new factory is equipped with the latest and greatest machines for producing dials, much of the real finishing and artistry is done completely by hand, which is how it was always done historically.
According to the Managing Director of Glashutte Original Günter Wiegand :”The production of dials is undoubtedly one of the most difficult tasks in the making of high-value watches. For this reason we shall take advantage of the dial making traditions and competencies of the Pforzheim site, which will be expanded further in the future.”
Besides being one of the few watch companies to manufacture its own blanks made out of yellow gold, white gold, sterling silver or mother of pearl, they are able to achieve the highest level of printing by a process known as pad printing. This challenging step is achieved by the pad taking up ink from an engraved negative and then transfers it, like a rubber stamp, to the dial. Before a dial is completed it must pass six levels of quality control.
There are roughly 50 employees working at this new facility at Pforzheim factory in Germany and this number is projected to more than double over the next couple of years. This new facility is a symbol of how committed and serious Glashutte Original is to manufacturing every part of their timepieces from start to finish.