The hands we’ve designed are unlike any others you’ll find on a watch. Designed and prototyped in-house, our watch hands float above the dial, acting as complementing extensions of the numerals while simultaneously allowing them enough space to breathe.
Each set of hands for the Model 1 and Model 2 are unique to anOrdain. While the Model 1 hands drew inspiration from vintage compass needles, those found on the Model 2 embrace the needle as a human hand holds a pen.
Stamped in Switzerland, the hands arrive at the studio as raw, untreated steel. Each hand is polished individually by our watchmakers to remove blemishes and bring them to their optimum condition.
Once polished, our watchmakers carefully temper the watch hands to an even and consistent finish. As heat is applied, the steel moves through a range of colours, transforming from brown to straw, through to purple, before finally reaching blue.
The tone of each hour, minute and second hand is then matched by eye and grouped together to form a complete set. Our watchmakers then stake the hands to the dial. Due to the handmade nature of each enamel dial, the process varies to match the unique specifications of every watch.
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