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Enamel

Enamel technique

A decorative technique forgotten and mastered only
by a handful of craftsmen,
enamel is only used on exceptional watches.

«Grand Feu» enamel

Usually white, beige or opaque, the "Great Fire" enamel dial has spread widely since the 17th century. The term "Email or Enamel" is reserved for vitrifiable products resulting from the fusion, vitrification or sintering of a substance made of melted mineral materials at a temperature of at least 500°C.

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Grand Feu enamel
Flinqué enamel

«Guilloché and Flinqué» enamel

It is called "Guilloché" when the decoration is made on a Guilloché lathes. The costs are quite high, and therefore reserved for a dial usually made of precious metal as gold or silver.

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« Champlevé » enamel

The Byzantine craftsmen took up and perfected a technique used by the Romans, the engraver creates three-dimensional pockets cavities in a gold metal base and the enameller deposits a glass paste or flow. This technique is called “Champlevé”. Most of the Byzantine enamels known today date from the 9th to the 12th century.

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Champlevé enamel
Cloisonné enamel

« Cloisoné » enamel

The revival of a very ancient technique, dating well before the Middle Ages, and extensively used extensively during the Byzantine Empire and in the West as early as the 4th century, this method consists of creating compartments or housings using gold wire in order to deposit the enamel with utmost precision.

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Complexity, fine details, realistic decorations and a magical ensemble effect explain in particular the intense and ancestral desire of collectors to own enamelled watches.

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