A commendable work on the wrist is not only a manifestation of sophisticated mechanical operations, but also a symbol of legendary mastery. Among all the decorative arts related to watches, watches with enamel technology have always been outstanding. Enamel has a long history and complicated production techniques, which can show strong creativity, and also has high artistic quality. The skill between square inches can be called the concentration of painting art. Enamel not only has the warmth of jade, but also the brilliance of jewellery and the meticulousness of bone china. The most important thing is that this material is time-honored and will never retreat from the vicissitudes of time. It always shines in the flow of time. Fai. Peak enamel craftsmanship has thus become a noble and mysterious existence of Switzerland’s top watchmaking industry. Since the establishment of the brand for more than two centuries, Breguet has continued to pursue the perfection of timepieces, presenting many handed down works using enamel technology.
Carved transparent enamel process
The carved transparent enamel process uses transparent texture and colored enamel glaze for sintering (about 820 degrees Celsius). The colored glaze is derived from minerals, such as ruby and sapphire. At the same time, the metal carcass with delicate texture is selected. This can show the strong color visual effect of this type of enamel.
Sold to Queen Josephine Bonamar for 3,000 enamels in February 1800
This is a small badge touch watch with a blue enamel gold case, diamond-set hands, large round diamond touch studs, silver dial, ruby I-wheel escapement. Later, Queen Josephine gave No. 611 to her daughter, Queen of the Netherlands Otáns de Boarne. Diamonds were set in the H-shaped crown, and the original diamonds were replaced with larger diamonds. The ‘touch’ watch is equipped with a large external pointer, and the position of the pointer can be sensed in the dark to ‘read’ the time.
Breguet Classic Complex 3358
In order to apply such amazing top-level craftsmanship to modern watches, Breguet has launched the classic and sophisticated series Classique Grande Complication 3358. This watch not only uses the color carved transparent enamel process, but also is equipped with a top A flywheel device, with a tourbillon frame at 6 o’clock, and a small second hand on the tourbillon shaft. It is equipped with a manual-winding mechanical movement and an eccentric hour and minute dial at 12 o’clock. Bezel and lugs are set with 74 diamonds. The overall appearance is magnificent, and its functions and craftsmanship are as outstanding as it is a masterpiece of fine watchmaking.
Ingenuity, micro-painted enamel
Micro-painted enamel is the representative of western enamel technology. Its technology is to burn a layer of opaque enamel glaze on the fetal embryo as the bottom layer, and then paint it and fire it in a kiln. The painter uses a special stylus pen, assisted by a high magnification microscope. After careful painting for several weeks or even months, he uses high temperature baking to continuously increase the color until it emits eye-catching brilliance. As each glaze has different color changes after heating, it often needs multiple coloring and multiple firing to complete. As early as 1817, Breguet’s enamel watch (No. 2952) customized for the Ottoman Empire adopted this process. The still-life flower pattern was painted in the center of the outer case, and the surroundings were carved and carved. Transparent enamel technology, the outer ring uses foil enamel technology, is a very rare multi-process Breguet enamel watch.
Breguet No. 2952
Breguet Classique 9078
Miniature painted enamel dial watch Classique 9078 Versailles rose watch is a portrait of Mary Antoinette and Rose painted by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun in 1783 For inspiration, the original painting is a full-length portrait of Queen Mary holding a rose, while the Versailles rose watch only selects the part holding the rose. Combining the enamel micro-painting technology and the delicate technique of stippling, the painting is reproduced on the dial. taste. This watch is based on black enamel, which restores the dark background of the classical oil painting era. At the same time, it makes the more difficult black enamel production a bright spot. Roses and jade hands that rise slowly from the bottom are the most tested micropaint enamelists. Where, in particular, the jade hand not only relied on the original painting, but also presented the beauty of the queen with the shape of a hand, between the real and the fictional is full of enamel art’s interpretation of beauty.
Breguet Classic Series 9078 (Hand Shadow Sheep)
Also combining the technique of micro-painting enamel and the method of stippling, there is the Classique 9078 zodiac watch. To make this series of watches, the enamelist needs to have a strong background in painting, and to know the color of the glaze after sintering, and how each color will change at different temperatures. A special stylus is used to draw the pattern. The firing temperature required for each enamel pigment is different, so it is divided into different sintering times and different colors. After each sintering is completed, the disk surface needs to be polished, and then painted and polished. It is so complicated that we can experience the enamel watch of the artistic conception of Chinese landscape painting. ‘Continuously expanding the boundaries of the mechanical structure of watches and clocks, while creating infinite beauty within the limited mechanical structure, making each Breguet timepiece a perfect high-level artwork’, this is the vision that Breguet has always adhered to as always, not only means With cutting-edge watchmaking, it is a lofty mission to inherit history and culture.