How Atelier Wen’s guilloché dials are produced

February 2024

In this intimate documentary-short, follow Robin and Wilfried of Atelier Wen as they travel to Xinmi, getting to know the ins and outs of Master Cheng’s guilloché atelier and the stories of the people within it. The patterns in guilloché are comprised equally of elevations and excavations; by alternating peaks and troughs. Turned mechanically into the surface of metal blanks, their ever-shifting highlights and shadows mirror the journey of the artisan whose hands are responsible for them. This is especially so in the case of Cheng Yucai, whose journey to being the sole guilloché master craftsman in China was far from straightforward...