Introduction

20070M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in relief enameling over silver leaf.

This unique piece recreates the delicate beauty and subtle hues of wisteria, using the rare and demanding technique of relief enameling – known also as Fauré enamelwork – which first appeared in the French city of Limoges in the early twentieth century.

To begin, the enameler covered the panels and dome with silver leaf, which shines through the enamel and illuminates the entire decoration. He then built up the clusters of flowers, the branches, the leaves and the sky-blue background, working with a palette of 26 transparent enamel colors; these include 4 pinks and violets containing 24-carat gold powder. Lastly, he introduced opalescent enamels, applied thickly and sculpted to achieve a raised effect. Each enameled plate required 18 firings at temperatures ranging from 750°C to 900°C, representing a total 180 hours of enameling. The hour circle is adorned with black-enameled Roman numerals.

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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