It must be my relative young age to simply believe such an (how do I say this politely) experienced man as Mr. Roth. Well believe him, I did say his watches might
have a finish comparable to Dufour.
But the real reason I remembered that bit of the interview (Beside my good memory due to my young age of course
) is that I expected him to mention Dufour, due to the consensus there seems to be on ThePurists regarding the watch with the best finish.
Mr Roth also mentioned the following:
IanS: You appear to spend a lot of time polishing tiny parts; just how polished do they have to be?
DR: First making; then finishing. I want my movements to be as perfect as I can possibly make them. As I have made only a few movements to date - well nearly a few - two (laughing), I am still learning just how good the finish can be. Some parts I have polished for over a week because I can see still them getting better and better by the day. A client, in all probability, could not see the difference between two days polishing and ten days polishing - I can, however, and that's what counts. I stop polishing when the finish stops improving. It drives Nicolas (his wife) crazy sometimes: over a week on one small part! (Shakes his head in disbelief) I cannot stop if I feel I could do better.
It interested me because first of all I don't think Dufour has the time to polish parts for over a week (although of course this is still no prove that Roth indeed finishes better than Dufour). Second of all I liked his remark A client, in all probability, could not see the difference between two days polishing and ten days polishing - I can, however, and that's what counts.
. It reminded me of a very good pianist or Vladimir Horowitz playing the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven (At first a piece that seems as easy as watch finishing seems to be). Most people won't hear the difference, but if you hear it it makes the piece so much more beautiful.