This is the key word, propelling you into the unique spirit of a one-of-a-kind brand.... Bernies.
Bernies symbolizes the reflection of elegance, melding artisanal expertise with state of the art techniques to create watches representing your distinct essence.
Pure lines, fine guilloche, unespected patterns, rigor and precision are a sampling of Bernies' strengths. Our chief aim is to accompany you into the race of time with elegance, confidence and precision.
It all began in 2016 when Bernard Van Ormelingen discovered a hand guilloche mainly intended for the decoration of watch dials. Passionate about watchmaking and the old techniques related to Métiers Rares, he founded the Bernies company and associated brand in 2017.
From our workshop, we assist established watchmaking houses in bringing their designs to completion and respond to requests from individuals looking for uniquely crafted timepieces.
Specialized in guilloché, we are dedicated craftsmen, utilizing extraordinary machinery and tools from ages past, such as straight line machine, tapestry and rose engines to name a few.
We produce 100% hand-engraved models but also 100% custom-made, for Belgium, France, Switzerland, but also Asia, USA.
From inception to completion, one of a kind timepieces become a reality as the result of timeless ornamental techniques.
Now open to enthusiasts by appointment only.
Introduction to hand guilloche
Guilloché, an engraving technique employed since the XVI century, is a delicate craft of creating fine and esquititely detailed patterns using tools such as rose engine machine.
A guillocheur engages in the process of turning the cranks of the tools to rotate the dial, while applying appropriate pressure to determine the depth and consistency of the engravings. This process is both very time-consuming and requires unwavering focus.
Given this meticulous process, it is not hard to understand why there are only a handful of guillocheurs in the world today. The art of manual guilloché is seemingly rare in contemporary watchmaking.
The result will be a particular reflection for a unique achievement.
Presentation of Bernard Van Ormelingen
A trained watchmaker, Bernies is also and above all a Guillocheur, and one of the last representatives of a craft that has almost disappeared in Belgium, Europe and on other continents: hand guilloche
At 23 years old Bernard has already achieved much in the field of watchmaking, from which he graduates in 2019.
Also, since 2016, he is the only free apprentice of the Master Engraver Alain Lovenberg, who passed on to Bernard the coveted hand-guilloche, and with whom he continues to acquire and perfect other techniques such as damascene.
Based on his excellent 3D vision and unique ability to conceptualize, Bernard is able to project himself from the initial plan to the machining and obtain a remarkable rendering.
Each Bernies watch is supplied with a warranty certificate and instructions for use. The certificate shows the date and place of purchase of your watch.
Our workshops offer many answer to your most common questions and problems such as: water-resistance, cleaning and maintenance, resetting the time, changing the strap, etc.
We work on a case-by-case basis.
Your Bernies watch is guaranteed for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase.
Your timepiece is warranted against manufacturing defects as determined in our workshops. Any component during this 2 year period will be repaired or replaced free of charge at Bernies' sole discretion.
REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
Repairs or maintenance of your Bernies watch will only be carried out in our workshops. Any repairs, work carried out and components replaced will be guaranteed for two years from the date of the service.
Repair and overhaul times vary according to the model concerned. Our customers are kept informed of the normal timescales for their overhaul and are provided with a quotation prior to any intervention.
Please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for further details.