Introduction

20071M
- Rare Handcrafts

Dome table clock in cloisonné enamel.

A lake in the savannah at sunset, with its glowing reflections and its pink flamingoes mirrored in the calm waters or flying in formation: that was the inspiration for this unique piece in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel.

Creating the contours of the mountains, the vegetation, the birds and the big cats lying in wait, all silhouetted against the fiery background, called for 15.15 m of gold wire (30.3 g) measuring 0.2 x 0.6 mm in cross-section. To capture the flamboyance of this magical moment the enameler then worked with transparent and semi-opaque enamels in 24 colors: mauves, blues, pinks, greens, oranges and reds combine to create subtle gradients and depth. Each enameled plate required 4 to 8 firings at a temperature of approximately 850°C. An hour circle adorned with a guilloched border and black transfer-printed Breguet numerals frames an enameled dial center.

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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