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Swiss Watches Under The Microscope
Welcome to “Swiss Watching”, where we bring you an extraordinary experience of the art of watchmaking. Today, we have a special guest on our show – Pierre, who is also known as Small Turns Big on TikTok, boasting almost one million subscribers and whose fascination with microscopes has led to the creation of stunning content. Let’s dive in!
The Microscopic World
We start with a glimpse into the microscopic world – our guest has been in the microscopy business for over five years and has garnered about 15 million views per month on TikTok. He shows us his skin under the microscope, and despite a good manicure and pedicure, it still looks “disgusting” at 200x magnification. However, Pierre’s true passion lies in capturing the details of watches under the microscope.
The Porcelain Dial
Our first watch is around a hundred years old and has a porcelain dial adorned with the brand’s logo. Despite its age, it still holds up well, and the luminous material used back in the days is splitting, visible even to the naked eye. However, under the microscope, we see how it’s “basically going to fall apart,” and yet it has lasted four centuries.
The Meteorite Dial
Next up, we have a watch with a bronze case and a meteorite dial – the Zeros Hammerhead. The dial has a texture resembling a landscape and appears striking under 170x magnification. Even the hour hand, visible at this high magnification, reveals the craftsmanship of the manufacturer. Pierre notes that it’s a level of detail not visible to a naked eye but is essential in recognizing quality and detecting defects.
The Linen Dial
Our third watch is a Hublot Singapore Watch Club Edition with a linen dial, woven to perfection. Comparing it to fabric, we see how clean and tighter the weave appears, with a more beige/cream color than the white of the shirt. At 160x magnification, we get a look at the dial’s textures and color tones not visible to the unaided eye.
The Joker Watch
Lastly, we have a Constantine Chiaki Joker watch with a few dial components that make up this unique piece. Zooming in, we examine the green ring, resembling colored flakes or sparkly dust, the tongue, teeth, and gray part – all on different levels. We even get a look at the engraving on the back, albeit with some minor scratches and dirt particles visible.
The Final Verdict
Throughout the show, Pierre emphasizes how these high magnification microscopes detect the tiniest of details and defects, not even visible to the naked eye. The watches we examined have held up exceptionally well, despite their age and intricacy. From the porcelain dial to the meteorite dial, the linen dial to the Joker watch – every piece we examined under the microscope was a testament to the art of watchmaking.
Join us next time for a more intimate and detailed look into the fascinating world of Swiss watches under the microscope.