Heat coloured steel, without a doubt one of the hallmarks of haute horlogerie. Heat colouring steel is absolutely not necessary and adds little to no functional value in watchmaking. What it unequivocally does however is add a soul to an otherwise bland piece of metal. And isn’t that why many of us get into watches in the first place? Little mechanical wonders which for some reason seem to carry a soul and a ‘human’ component carried over from the very watchmaker that made or assembled your timepiece?
Heat treated steel is a ‘thing’ I drool over on most watch movements, parts and hands. Browse any of our articles here, and you’ll see at least a worthy mention of the feature, and not just in the articles written by myself, also by anyone else here.
If you are reading this, I am very happy to let you know that we are now able to consistently turn out one of the most demanded colours of ‘steel’ in the shop. The yellow-heated colour. It’s a painfully slow process, but we’re getting better at it. After collecting feedback from a few happy friends & customers it is a real pleasure to introduce you to our yellow heated buckles.
Getting them consistently yellow is, frankly, a bit of a pain. Not every buckle succeeds, as we’re literally in a new world here, metal craft. One wrong move and the buckle becomes visually unpleasing at best or unusable at worst. The steps needed to get here, you are most likely familiar with, they read so simple: Hand polish, clean with the greatest care, hand heat. Who knew so much could go wrong between every single one of these steps? It turns out, plenty.. But when you see that steel turn in just the right colour, oh boy, it is worth all the effort.
Our Yellow heated buckles start their lives in the same way as our standard steel buckles. When finished they take on a nice warm deep yellow colour, with a slight Antique effect. The buckles look great on a yellow (gold) watches and work extremely well on bronze cased watches as well.
You can find the buckles as an add-on in the shop as of today. More info in the shop.