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Part VIII: Maik Pfeiffer, finisseur

October 13 2006 at 12:05 PM

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Response to The Most Ancient and Most Noble House of Lange


Maik Pfeiffer is a finisseur, the gentleman who finishes Lange watches; anglage, Cotes de Geneve, Maik is the talent behind it.

Maik is smoothing the edge of the 3/4 plate, before he applies the bevelling to the edges.

Maik's tools are apparently modified dental tools... Who knew instruments of torture and pain could create objects of such beauty?

If dentists used these, everyone would floss.

A demonstration of how black polishing is done. The movement part is attached to the device in Maik's hands, and it's carefully polished on the abrasive below. Too much pressure or movements that are too quick will easily ruin the finish. It looks deceptively easy but it's very challenging. An example of black polishing is the tourbillon bridge for the Pour Le Merite as well as the steel parts of the Datograph.

Anthony De Haas explaining the finer points of finishing.

Maik at work, with Timmy Tan looking on.

This message has been edited by JiaXian on Oct 13, 2006 1:59 PM

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