Introduction

20008M
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding


Dome table clock in Limoges painted enamel. Decoration on this unique piece draws on the technique traditionally practiced in Limoges, the French capital of enamel work. Enameler applied two clear base layers of enamel (“flux”), then sketched the image, with contours, garment folds, and details, in brown manganese oxide. Surfaces then colored with opal enamels – crystal powders applied in layers, allowing underlying image to show through. Decoration completed by highlighting fabrics and faces with white blanc de Limoges enamel, using a fine needle. Steps interspersed with 30 firings at 850°C, each of which could potentially destroy the work. Hour circle displays simple black-enameled Roman numerals and frames a dial center guilloched under translucent mauve enamel. Clock powered by a caliber 17’” PEND mechanical movement, rewound by electric motor. Height: 213.5 mm. Unique piece. 2015.

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Caliber

17''' PEND
Manual winding

17''' PEND
Manual winding

Overall diameter: 38.65 mm. Height: 3.8 mm. Bridges: 8. Jewels: 20. Power reserve: 50 h max.. Balance: Plain with screws. Frequency: 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz). Spiral: Breguet. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.

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Rare Handcrafts
The guillocheur

Guilloché work, or engine-turning as it’s sometimes known, is a form of mechanized decoration. Over the centuries, guillocheurs have used many different types of hand-operated lathe, adapting them to suit the task or to give fuller expression to their artistry and technique. By turning two crankhandles simultaneously, the idea is to guide the cutting tool so that it carves fine grooves into a metal surface in repetitive geometric patterns. There are two main types of lathe: the so-called straight line engine and the rose engine.

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