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Enamel Watch, Memory Of The Treasure

It should be said that to this day, enamel watches are basically collectible works, and few people use it for daily wear. A small enamel painting between square inches can often double the value of a watch. This is the charm and value of enamel. In fact, as the raw material for firing enamel itself, it is not expensive. It is nothing more than some silicates such as quartz, feldspar, borax. What is attached to the building tiles is called ‘glazed’, and what is attached to the metal surface is ‘enamel’.

Enamel watch

A small enamel painting between square inches
The entire process of making enamel is a series of complicated, time-consuming and labor-intensive processes with a very low success rate. For example, the drawing of enamel must be manual. Even today, there is no mechanical device to replace it. Even a skilled technician, it takes hundreds of hours to draw such a small plate; the firing of enamel is affected by the composition and quality of the raw materials. , Granularity, furnace temperature, heat and other factors, and different colors need to be fired repeatedly, each time a successful work is obtained, it may face multiple times of waste before. Among the ‘Traditional Seven Craftsmanship’ of the watchmaking industry in Geneva: among the watch designers, assemblers, goldsmiths, bracelet makers, engravers, enamel painters and jewelers, the production of enamel painting is the most difficult. However, there are still a number of brands that ‘face the difficulties’ every year, creating endless new models of enamel watches.

Van Cleef & Arpels Les Jardins Four Seasons: Jardin Italien de la Renaissance
Inspired by a 15th-century romantic book ‘Looking for Love and Dream’ by the author, which has failed to pass the exam, based on the 365-day Quantième de Saison four-season movement developed by the brand in 2006, through the Great Fire Enamel and Mother of Pearl, Vivid interpretation of beautiful love songs of civilization and nature. The entire series is divided into 4 models. This section depicts the lush Mediterranean gardens, and the beautiful scenery flowing through the four seasons is the best interpretation of Van Cleef & Arpels. White gold and diamond-set bezel are even more magnificent, limited to 100 pieces.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Tourbillon Jardin d’ Extrême Orient Tourbillon Style
In all fairness, in this watch, enamel is no longer the protagonist, but it is also indispensable. It is inlaid with the tourbillon and jewellery presented on the dial, which is called ‘three-legged’. Since playing the Oriental card, it is not difficult to see that the compositional creativity on the dial comes from the refinement of various elements of the Chinese garden: trees, bridges, pavilions, flowing water … all composed of pink sapphires, diamonds and filigree enamel Luxurious, but absolutely low-key. And the picture is compact and without redundancy, just like the concise and freehand brushwork in Chinese painting.

Danny Luff Il Giocatore Veneziano
Of course, the enamel painting on this watch is very vivid and vivid, but if you simply treat it as an ordinary enamel watch, you must be wrong! In fact, under its wonderful enamel skills, it contains the collaboration between the brand and the world-renowned automaton François Zunau. After more than three years of intensive research, the masterpiece of Italian painter Caravage ‘ The characters in ‘The Deceiver’ are shrunk to the dial, and their heads, hands, eyebrows have movements, and even a more sophisticated minute repeater function.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tourbillon Continents Asia Tourbillon Enamel Painted Watch
The Jaeger-LeCoultre showcases its superman enamel painting skills through two high-end works under its Master series-tourbillon and minute repeater. This Master Grand Tourbillon is painted with the appearance of a series of continents of the earth in memory of the discovery that ‘the earth is round’ 500 years ago. On the gold dial, the outline of the continent is carved with a carving knife, and then it is filled with enamel and fired. The ocean is painted with a blue wave pattern. Only platinum, gold and rose gold are limited to 20 pieces each.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater Venus Enamel Minute Repeater
Selected four classic Venus paintings, with the theme of Eros, decorated the dial of the Master Minute Repeater minute repeater watch with enamel to match its already outstanding functions. This paragraph is Angel’s ‘Rising from the Sea’, which not only scales down the proportion of the original work, but also enriches the colors and layers, making the timeless beauty of these masterpieces reproduce on the dial. The crystal clear and melodious ringing bell of the three questions spring hammer also represents the most advanced breakthrough in this field.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Pavonia
Sorry, this is a unique watch. Jaeger-LeCoultre is just to tell the world that you can also have your own personalized watch like this. The watch belongs to a British collector, and the original miniature is drawn on the watch, which is the representative portrait of Frederic Rayton, the most famous Victorian painter in his collection-‘Pavonia’. As the brand’s most representative series, we also have to admit that Reverso’s flip surface is naturally suitable for such creations.

Jacques Dro Les Douze villes
QuetJaquet Droz, this maverick brand, insists on the almost all-in-one large fire enamel dial. Although there is no fancy pattern, it looks ancient. And this paragraph is even more special, although it is a World Time watch, the dial is as simple as ever. The 6 o’clock window displays the names of 12 cities, and the 12 o’clock looks like a date window, but displays the hour; therefore, the large central hand is not the hour hand but the minute hand. As for the second hand, there is no such thing! The attitude is-why do we have to race against time?

Jacques Dro L’ Origine Email Watch
In fact, the ‘big fire’ enamel in Jaquet Droz has gone through three centuries of historical heritage. Today, the brand’s enamel craftsmen have been able to fully control the exquisiteness of the enamel powder and the strength of the flame, creating a unique texture, Elegant and uniform dial. The concise lines, elegant Roman numerals, and atmospheric blue-steel hands all draw on the enlightenment of the 18th century. Under the cover of a 43mm stainless steel case, it can not but perfectly represent the essence of beauty and taste.

Cartier Le Cirque Animalier de Cartier Collection: Eagle Watch
In Cartier’s new collection every year, the creation of high jewelry and enamel is always an important part. After sailing in Asia and launching themes such as giant pandas, the series subsequently landed in the Americas, with eagles, crocodiles and raccoons joining the dream team. 18K yellow gold case and dial, pavé round diamonds, eagle decoration made of 18K yellow gold, the same pavé round diamonds, the total diamond weight reached 6.03 carats! The eyes are emerald jade, and only the black and white feathers are painted with enamel, but it has the effect that jewellery cannot replace.

Cartier d’ Art: Santos 100 Multicolor Hornbill Enamel Watch
The Cartier d’ Art enamel watch, loved by collectors, has also introduced stunning new works. This paragraph is born from the classic square Santos series. The magical colors and ingenious depiction make it a well-deserved art treasure. The same case is made of 18K yellow gold. The bezel, case and lugs are pavé-set with round diamonds. The total weight has reached 1.14 carats, but it is still restrained, because the enamel’s gorgeous hornbill and tropical exotic flowers are represented Is the real protagonist.

Cartier d’ Art: Pasha 42 mm enamel parrot watch
Both belong to the Cartier d’Art series full of artistic temperament and whimsy, and even the same colorful bird theme, but the carrier has been replaced by the classic round Pasha series, and the enamel technique seems to be even better- The blue sky as a background on the dial also has obvious changes in brightness, depth, and gradation, so it is more natural and expressive. The material has also been changed to 18K rhodium-plated white gold. The inner and outer layers of the bezel are pavé-set round diamonds with a total weight of 1.49 carats, which are gorgeous and noble.

Piaget Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif
This is a watch full of nautical elements all over the body. The use of enamel technology makes these elements more problematic-the dial is painted with elegant dark blue enamel, deliberately painted into the shape of a marine compass, and the bottom of the table is also painted by enamel. Into a sailing ship; even the left and right sides of the case are also patterns such as sailing boats and lighthouses. The self-made 608P manual winding floating tourbillon movement, the titanium floating tourbillon frame is suspended at the end of the minute hand, is completely separated from the mechanism driving it, and is proud of its skill.

Hermes Cape Cod ‘Galloping H’ watch
Like many design elements of the Hermès model, it is inspired by a silk scarf from Hermès. It is led by the Swiss female artist Anita Porchet, and it is carefully ‘micronized’ with enamel raw materials on this square dial. The large-scale fire at 800 ℃ was fired at multiple high-temperature glazes, and perfectly copied the unique light and shadow and aesthetic effects of the original silk scarf. The deep cobalt blue complements the sparkling white gold case. In order to maintain the integrity of the picture, even the time scale is omitted.