POLISHING RECOMMENDATIONS BY VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Restoring shine, reviving past splendor, emphasizing the shape of the case and highlighting every edge: this is the challenge of polishing. A masterful art in which, once again, the hand of a human is king.
Also known as brightening, this operation is an excellent compromise between aesthetic appearance and watch preservation. Using a canvas disc and a slightly abrasive paste, it consists of cleaning and shining the piece without removing any material, preserving its aesthetics as well as its original appearance.
Delicately carried out by our experts, it ensures very low wear on your timepiece and will give it a fresh glow. This superficial polishing is particularly effective against micro-scratches but does not mitigate scratches or deeper blows. This process is thus systematically offered at no cost with a "Full Service" and applies to both antique and contemporary watches.
Far from trivial, this task requires the skill and thoroughness of one of the Maison’s artisan polishers. Using felts, lapidary wheels and polishing discs, he or she erases the watch's every aesthetic imperfection. However, this operation also sees the removal of a thin layer of metal. It is therefore recommended to proceed with moderation when it comes to polishing in order to preserve the shape, water resistance and durability of the piece.
In the event of deep scratches or blows, it is recommended – whenever technically possible – to first carry out a laser filling of the concerned areas. This technique significantly reduces the amount of material removed during polishing, for an aesthetic result close to the original upon leaving the Manufacture. Polishing operations, including laser filling, are included at no cost in our "Full Polish" services: polishing alone or during a Full Service.
SERVICES LEAD TIME
The servicing of a timepiece may vary depending on each particular case.
- Polishing : 2 weeks
- Demagnetizing : immediate in boutique
- Complete service of modern timepiece : 4-6 weeks
- Restoration of vintage timepiece : 6 months (must be returned to HQ)
These service lead-times are approximate, to discover the exact timings we recommend you to visit one of our boutiques.