- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

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.



17''' LEP PS
Manual winding

Patek Philippe Caliber 17''' LEP PS - Front
Front Back

17''' LEP PS
Manual winding

Overall diameter: 38.65 mm. Height: 3.8 mm. Number of parts: 137. Bridges: 7. Jewels: 18. Power-reserve: Min. 50 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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