Introduction

20062M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné over silver leaf.

The spirit of Art Deco, with its inimitable rhythm and creativity, permeates the decoration of this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

To outline the composition of geometric shapes and stylized flowers, the enameler used 26 m of gold wire (52 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. He then created his chromatic fantasy, a dialogue between black and gold in the style of the period, working with transparent and opaque enamels in 4 colors. Some 300 pieces of silver leaf embedded beneath the cloisonné enamel illuminate the patterns and heighten the contrast with the black surfaces. Each enameled plate required 9 firings at a temperature of approximately 750°C. An hour circle adorned with black-enameled Roman numerals frames a dial center in cloisonné enamel presenting a complex geometric motif.

This piece is powered by the caliber 17’’’ PEND mechanical movement rewound by an electric motor.

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Caliber

17''' PEND

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17''' PEND

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.

Savoir faire

Rare Handcrafts
The enameler’s techniques

The enameler uses one of four traditional techniques, or perhaps a combination; but rare is she – in the watchmaking world, most enamelers are women – who masters them all.

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