Introduction

982/168J
- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding


Miniature enamel and guilloché hand-engraved pocket watch. Decorative yellow gold open-faced pocket watch decorated with a ballerina in Grisaille au blanc Limoges (white enamel applied on a dark base using a fine brush or needle, building up designs in a monochrome gradient, paler as the thickness of the layer of light color increases). The theater background is suggested using fine 24K gold dust. Yellow gold black enameled dial, gold applied Breguet numerals, yellow gold Feuille (leaf-shaped) hands. Yellow gold hand-engraved crown and bow. Caliber 17’’’ LEP PS IRM. Manual winding. Power-reserve indication. Seconds subdial. Hand-crafted pocket watch stand set with a garnet cabochon (0.45 ct). Yellow gold on a Makassar ebony base. Unique piece. 2014.

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Caliber

17''' LEP PS IRM
Manual winding

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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.

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Rare Handcrafts
The guillocheur

Guilloché work, or engine-turning as it’s sometimes known, is a form of mechanized decoration. Over the centuries, guillocheurs have used many different types of hand-operated lathe, adapting them to suit the task or to give fuller expression to their artistry and technique. By turning two crankhandles simultaneously, the idea is to guide the cutting tool so that it carves fine grooves into a metal surface in repetitive geometric patterns. There are two main types of lathe: the so-called straight line engine and the rose engine.

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