Introduction

982/159G
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding


Pocket watch with engraved and enameled caseback. Open-face pocket watch in white gold, which has decoration evoking the delicate Japanese cherry tree, from hand-engraved branches to enameled background and vivid cherries. Pendant bow, distinguished by its unusual shape, also decorated with hand-engraved motif. White gold applied Breguet numerals and leaf hands; dial in opaque beige enamel over white gold. Watch houses manually wound caliber 17’” LEP PS IRM; power-reserve indicator and small seconds. Handcrafted white gold stand; base in red lacquer over wood, reproducing traditional Japanese lacquer and echoing color of cherries. Case diameter: 44.1 mm. Unique piece. 2015.

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Caliber

17''' LEP PS IRM
Manual winding

Front Back

17''' LEP PS IRM
Manual winding

Overall diameter: 38.65 mm. Height: 3.8 mm. Number of parts: 158. Bridges: 7. Jewels: 20. Power reserve: Min. 36 hours. Balance: Plain with screws. Frequency: 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz). Balance spring: Breguet.

Savoir faire

Rare Handcrafts
The engraver

The engraver’s first tool is...the pencil. Of course, we instinctively think of the burin (or graver as it’s also known), or one of the array of burins placed close at hand; any observer at the workbench is struck by their number and variety. The burin is an almost natural extension of this artist’s hand, as a fountain pen is for a writer. Pointed, squared, or rounded, but always sharpened, this tool penetrates the material to gouge out tiny quantities, tracing a line or curve with a furrow of varying depth.

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