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Manual winding

Pocket watch with hand-engraving and miniature painting on enamel.

An American steam locomotive, symbol of modern times, surges out of the back of this unique piece, which required some 240 hours of hand-engraving. The backdrop is in miniature painting on enamel.

The white enamel ground was scraped and then reworked with black enamel using a technique called grattage. Several coats of flux, or transparent enamel, protect the decoration, which underwent 10 firings. All details of the locomotive and the carriage are hand-engraved in the white gold, either in low relief or using line engraving. A hand- engraved railway-track motif, also in line engraving, adorns the border of the case back, the bezel and the bow. The dial, in white enamel, presents white-gold applied Breguet numerals and white-gold hands, the latter with a hand-engraved decoration. A black spinel cabochon (0.35 ct) adorns the crown.

This pocket watch is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand on an oval-shaped black obsidian base set with a black spinel cabochon (0.41 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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