Ebauche - what is it

This forum is for Horology and the art of watchmaking
Post Reply
User avatar
koimaster
Founder
Posts: 41376
Joined: December 16th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Oregon, Thanks for visiting! Now go back home!
Contact:

Ebauche - what is it

Post by koimaster » February 7th 2010, 10:28am

French term commonly used in English-speaking countries for an incomplete watch movement which is sold as a set of loose parts, comprising the main plate, the bridges, the train, the winding and setting mechanism and the regulator.

The timing system, the escapement and the mainspring, however, are not parts of the "ébauche".
Image

1946-2006

“Your heart was warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day and in every way

Now forever and ever after."
User avatar
Darksider
Founder
Posts: 1970
Joined: December 15th 2009, 11:00pm
Facebook ID: 0
Contact:

Re: Ebauche - what is it

Post by Darksider » July 12th 2020, 11:36pm

In watchmaking, this is the general term for the basic movement parts, such as the movement plates and bridges, and mainspring barrel. In modern watchmaking, this is a complete movement kit, minus the escapement components (which may also be supplied to the final assembler). For much of the history of watchmaking in Switzerland, a watchmaker would obtain an ébauche as well as other components, including the escapement, balance and balance spring, etc., from suppliers before finishing, assembling, and regulating the completed watch.

Today an ébauche is often contrasted with a so-called "in-house" movement although this distinction is in reality not so cut-and-dried – an ébauche, if of high quality and if finished well, can be more horologically interesting than an in-house movement, if the latter is poorly designed or finished. The word ébauche is borrowed from fine art, where it refers to the preliminary underpainting over which a finished painting is done.
Image

Image
Image

Quotes from the fake naval aviator misterjingles. Not a pilot, or 9/11 survivor.
Post Reply

Return to “The Art of Time”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest