In the House of Chronoswiss dial workshop in Lucerne, craftsmen are busy creating the minute pieces of art in over 60 steps from small sterling silver plates that eventually become the fascinating watch dials of the timepieces in the Sirius Artist Diamonds models.

First, the base must be engraved. This is done with an antiquated “machine” dating back to 1924 which is cranked using muscle power only. With a very fine graver, the artist cuts the characteristic guilloche wave patterns into the clamped watch dial blanks. Then, transparent enamel paste is applied in several layers on top of these embellishments, and the plates are fired in a furnace. This is an extraordinarily complex process: first, the preparation of the enamel paste by itself is an art; secondly, enamel is about as delicate as glass; and a watch dial can crack at any time during the various passes in the furnace and can therefore become easily unusable, as even the smallest blemish cannot be repaired.

Sirius Artist Diamonds in golden beige (CH-2823FPE-BE) and in silver white (CH-2823FPE-WH). © Chronoswiss

The timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement (Calibre Chronoswiss C.281), beating at a frequency of 28'800 per hour, while enjoying a 42 hour power reserve. This 38mm diameter case is in stainless steel, fully paved with 573 diamonds (weight: 3.92ct).

For now, the watches in the Sirius Artist Diamonds Collection are available in three colors: transparent light blue, golden beige and silver white.

Sirius Artist Diamonds in transparent light blue (CH-2823FPE-LB). © Chronoswiss