Decoding Technique #1: Anglage
Decoding Technique is a new series to the SKOLORR Journal in which we provide a simple explanation of the expert watchmaking techniques practised by the Independents. The first mastery we are decoding is Anglage, with the help of our friends at AkriviA.
Anglage, otherwise known as beveling, is a traditional finishing technique which, when done by hand as it is at AkriviA, is a very time-consuming process. In fact, so much so, you might wonder; why bother? “When I was a young trainee, I asked myself: why all this extra work, what is that for? Why so much effort for something that we often never really notice?” says Rexhep Rexhepi, founder of Akrivia,
“Well, when I saw the result I realized what a transformation it represented. Today this attention to the details of finishing represents one of the pillars of watches by AkriviA, and it reflects the best of the Geneva watchmaking philosophy.”
The finish, done either mechanically with a pantographic engraver or with a hand-held file, is essentially the filing and smoothing of each individual watch component and movement to create a flawless, smooth surface resulting, when done expertly, in a beautiful interplay of light. The process of perfecting each individual piece ensures the watch, as a whole mechanism, will be breathtaking, as all of Rexhepi’s magnificent creations are.
This attention to detail is a feature limited to extremely high-quality movements, reminiscent of “those time engineers from the past who, thanks to their accomplishments, made the watchmaking become an art” (Rexhepi). Rexhepi’s demonstrated artisan craftsmanship is one of the many reasons he has been dubbed by Kari Voutilainen as the future of independent haute horlogerie.