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The Triumph of Passionate Craftsmanship

We sought the reliability, quality, and aesthetic appeal of The Dague’s beating heart.
Our starting point was a previous generation of lepine movements, distinguished by their exceptional craftsmanship.
These movements were meticulously handmade, assembled, and finished in manufacturing facilities dating back to 1908.
These movements possess a slim profile (3.75mm) and feature six distinct bridges, copper gaskets (chatons), a large bi-metallic open balance wheel with compensating screws, a deep-blue Breguet hairspring, and an exposed mainspring-barrel bridge.
This appearance distinguishes them from most contemporary movements, which tend to be smaller, with fewer and enclosed bridges and smaller balance wheels.
The amount of effort required to recreate these movements is significant, amounting to 60 hours per piece.
The decision to utilize these movements exemplifies the triumph of passion over practicality.

Restoring and Enhancing Time-Honored Movements

The original movements have a diameter of 40mm, so we downsized the platine to the smallest feasible diameter: 37.8mm or 16.75 lignes. Firstly, the movement underwent a comprehensive service, with worn-out components such as rubies, balance axes, main springs, and screws replaced. Subsequently, the movements were assembled, lubricated, timed, and subjected to accuracy tests.
Only those that passed our rigorous standards were selected for the next stages. Each movement was meticulously disassembled once again, and the platine and six bridges underwent the next phase of hand-finishing.
The aim was to achieve a contemporary aesthetic while maintaining the quality associated with watchmaking heritage an exquisite finish that enhances the movement’s allure:

  • The platine was micro-billèd to achieve an even matte finish.
  • The bridges underwent “straight satinage”a refined, modern finish that preserves quintessential qualities.

After satinage, the bridges underwent “anglage” the meticulous mirror-polishing of their edges.
All of these processes were executed by hand, following traditional methods. The barrel bridge was engraved with our distinctive markings, and all components received a galvanic rhodium treatment, resulting in a lustrous white-gold hue.
Returning to the watchmaker’s bench, the movement was reassembled and serviced once again.
After many additional hours of work, we proudly possess a select number of exquisite, hand-finished, fully restored movements that embody the uncompromising beauty we envisioned when embarking on this project.
As a tribute to the age of these venerable movements, we made the decision, in certain cases, to preserve certain details of the steel parts on the balance-wheel bridge in their original condition, showcasing minor yet characteristic traces of time.