Dome table clock in grisaille enamel enriched with gold and silver paillons, gold powder and silver hand-engraved applied ornaments.
Angels and doves, traditional symbols of peace, share the spotlight on this unique piece in Grand Feu enamel.
To present these winged messengers on their backdrop of nocturnal sky and clouds, the enameler used the rare and sophisticated technique of grisaille enamel au blanc de Limoges. The white, oil-based enamel known as blanc de Limoges was sculpted using a tiny brush and a needle on a ground of opaque black enamel to obtain a subtle monochrome. Most of the stars are made from small gold or silver spangles called paillons embedded beneath layers of gold- or silvertinted flux, a transparent enamel glaze; others shine in 24-carat gold powder. Each enameled plate required between 13 and 15 firings. The total enameling time was 240 hours. Surrounding the dial with its black enameled Breguet numerals are four handcrafted, handengraved silver doves, applied to the enamel surface.
This piece is powered by the caliber 17’’’ PEND mechanical movement rewound by an electric motor.