While larger, more established brands will also employ an army of watchmakers, often in an assembly line, to construct their watches, they still require a few talented technicians to oversee the operation. There are also those who are highly skilled yet not quite able to branch out on their own, or sit at the top of the structure they’re in. These craftspeople help to assemble some of the more complex creations in both fields, whether it is a complications specialist at Patek Philippe or an artist who is capable of casting extremely detailed sculptures, yet still does so for others’ designs.
Then, at the very top of each profession, you have the masters who work under their own name and are celebrated for their fine craftsmanship. However, even in these, you have some delineation, whether they are like Philippe Dufour and Wes Lang, who produce all of their work in near solitude, or Andy Warhol and F.P. Journe, who build up a workshop of talent around them to make their vision into reality. No one would argue Journe is any more or less of a watchmaker than Dufour, just as no one would argue between Warhol and Lang, but the way each approaches his craft is unique to him, and his specific set of skills and sensibilities.