- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with back in miniature painting on enamel.

A famous painting by the French artist Gustave Courbet, depicting a stag brought down by a pack of hounds at a hunt (1867), inspired the decoration on the back of this unique piece in Grand Feu miniature painting on enamel finished with flux according to the Geneva method.

To reproduce in a few square centimeters this scene measuring about 3.5 m x 5 m in the original, the enameler built up his picture in small deft touches, combining 11 enamel colors, of which 7 are blended shades, made of finely ground metallic oxides mixed with rare oils. This procedure required 30 firings at temperatures ranging from 800°C to 830°C. The dial, in white enamel over white gold, presents white-gold applied Breguet numerals and white-gold hands. A labradorite cabochon (0.35 ct) decorates the crown.

This pocket watch is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand on an oval-shaped base in white spangled marble.

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 enameler’s techniques

The enameler uses one of four traditional techniques, or perhaps a combination; but rare is she – in the watchmaking world, most enamelers are women – who masters them all.

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