- Rare Handcrafts
Manual winding

Pocket watch with hand-engraving and enamel.

A recital scene with a singer and a harpsichordist adorns the back of this unique piece in white gold. It innovates by its unusual way of united two age-old decorative techniques.

The background, depicting the Victoria Hall in Geneva, was engraved in relief and coated in Grand Feu enamel, transparent in some areas, using 18 enamel colors and 15 firings at temperatures of more than 800°C. The master engraver used a chisel and repoussé work to produce the two figures and the instrument from a plate of white gold. He then worked with a graver and the ramolayé or pounced ornament technique to model the details of the faces, costumes and furniture. In all, more than 350 hours of engraving and enameling went into decorating the case back. The white-gold dial was hand-engraved and then enameled to suggest an imaginary score. The border of the case back, the bezel and the crown were engraved with an ornamental motif.

This pocket watch is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand with an oval-shaped base in Macassar ebony set with a garnet cabochon (0.42 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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