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Rodeline Watch-Polishing Artisan ​

Rodeline

Watch-polishing artisan

Lights, please! If there were an artisan who works in harmony with light, it is Rodeline, a watch-polishing Artisan in our Manufacture since 2007. Every day, fired by the same passion, she reveals the luster of metals so that they reflect sunbeams as brightly as possible. Timepieces pass through her hands in the final stage of their production, before being revealed to the public in all their brilliance and beauty.

Polishing is the art of highlighting. Revealing the shine, accentuating the radiance, drawing the gaze. When the watch creations in our workshops appear almost finished, they are sent to Rodeline's workbench. This passionate Artisan joined our Maison in 2002 as an apprentice and the best in-house trainers transmitted their knowledge to her, along with the duty of performing meticulous craftsmanship. At the end of her years of training, Rodeline became a watch-polishing Artisan for our Manufacture. 

Using small lathes and polishing paste, she accesses even the smallest corners of each piece entrusted to her, in order to remove any roughness, scratches and dust. Everything must sparkle with a pristine appearance! 

Rodeline thereby endows all her creations with a very special luster. In addition to glowing brightly on the tray where she places them once she has completed her work, they bring a special sparkle to her own eyes, as she constantly imagines all those who will soon be reading the time on the watches she polishes.

"Today, the considerable dexterity I have acquired over time enables me to work on watch cases – which I receive in their rough state – in order to reveal the final radiance of the material while preserving the required geometry and esthetics."

Rodeline, watch-polishing artisan

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[MUSIC PLAYING] RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Hands are really something for me. They're very important.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: My name is Rodeline. I'm a polisher at Chopard.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: The first time I came to Chopard I was 15 years old.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I was looking for an apprenticeship.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I knew it was a job you did with your hands, but I didn't know what it was all about.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: During my apprenticeship, I really fell in love with the job.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Something happened and I thought this is what I'm made for.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: What I love about Chopard is that there are so many new things!

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: New models are launched every year, it's always a challenge.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: You ask yourself what's going to come along next, I really enjoy doing complicated things.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: It's really something…

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Nothing is more exciting than working on the first manufactured piece taken from the proto, there isn't another, it's the only one, it's the first, it's for the family.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: When I get a brand new piece, I look at the material, the angles I think about how to approach it, to work it.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Each material has its little quirk, it doesn't react in the same way.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: You have to get into it, work it, caress it.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: And just because a material is very hard, very resistant, doesn't mean you should force it.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: You have to really work into the material to give it its shine.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Each brushed line is made to measure, the graining catches the light in the material and for me, machines can't do this type of thing.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: You can have 50 pieces, but each one is unique.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: If you can give a piece even more wow factor, you have to do it.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I do a lot of touching up.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: It's quite normal that we have to touch up.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Pieces are turned, handled, picked up, screwed down, handed over, taken over there, put in the trays.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Accidents happen.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I find it really satisfying to save pieces.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: Not being able to save a piece would be a failure, to have to say "it's a write-off".

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I always find a solution in the end.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I can't see myself doing another job.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: I feel so good where I am.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: It's like a family.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: We're always glad to see each other.

RODELINE WATCH POLISHING ARTISAN: And that's so important, I think, to feel comfortable with the people around you.

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Rodeline, watch-polishing artisan

« I am a watch-polishing Artisan at Chopard. This skill is all about radiance and light and I have been passionately cultivating it since my apprenticeship, which I served in the Maison’s workshops 18 years ago. »


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