Pocket watch with back in low-relief hand-engraving.
The epic conquest of the oceans, so intimately linked to the rise of horology, comes to life on the engraved back of this unique piece in white gold.
To depict this proud galleon with its aftercastle, cannons and sails, on a background representing an old nautical chart, the master engraver used the traditional technique of low-relief engraving, tinted with black rhodium by oxidation to accentuate contrasts and depth. The bezel, the border of the case back and the bow are engraved with a pattern resembling cordage. Hand-engraving the case back, the bezel and the bow took a total 230 hours. The dial, in white enamel over white gold, is adorned with white-gold applied Breguet numerals and hand-engraved hands.
This pocket watch is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand with decorations suggesting ropes, pulleys and cleats, on a black obsidian base set with a garnet cabochon (0.47 ct).
It houses the caliber 17’’’ LEP PS manually wound movement with small seconds.