Enamel Clocks And Watches: Days And Nights Of The World

The technique of enamel micro-painting requires decades of study and experience, as well as amazing patience and meticulousness. The artist hand-painted the pattern from the idea to the dial. Each enamel surface is a unique dual display of art and craftsmanship, which has become the ultimate goal of watch collectors. Patek Philippe Model 5131G
     On June 4th, the special exhibition of precious watches and antique clocks in the Beijing Poly Spring Auction ended. A Patek Philippe ‘World Time’ watch sold for 1.15 million yuan and model 5131G will undoubtedly become the most sought after collector on the spot. This watch was first introduced at the World Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel, Switzerland in 2008. It is based on Patek Philippe’s 5130 world timetable, with a filigree enamel dial. The world time model 5131 uses an 18-karat gold body and dial, and the center is decorated with a hand-painted silk enamel world map. This watch model can permanently display the time in twenty-four time zones around the world. This performance device combines a very simple Adjusting the way to show time around the world is a breeze. It’s a technological innovation. Because of its magnificent filigree enamel dial, the watch has been favored by a large number of connoisseurs who love enamel art, and has become the mainstream watch collection in contemporary watch brands.
Enamel painting technology has a history of hundreds of years
     Since its introduction in the late 15th century, enamel has become an unparalleled exquisite decorative art. Enamel watches have always been a collector’s favorite. Enamel has the warmth of jade, the brilliance of jewellery, and the detail of bone china. The most important thing is that this material is new and will not oxidize and fade. Even after hundreds of years, the enamel has bright colors They will not fade, they are like young people who have escaped the law of time. Among the various types of enamel technology, Patek Philippe’s World Time dial uses filigree enamel. The metal dial is first covered with a layer of anti-deformation enamel glaze, and the surface of the disk is baked without any defects. The painter painted the surface with several layers of white enamel before painting. Painters use special stylus pens, use high-power microscope magnification as an auxiliary tool, and paint carefully for weeks or even months. It is then roasted at a high temperature to let the color continue to increase until it emits a dazzling brilliance. Because each glaze has different color changes after heating, it often requires multiple colors and multiple firing to complete. Finally, a colorless transparent glaze is applied to protect the surface and make the colors more vivid and the picture more realistic. Of all World Time models, watches with hand-painted cloisonne thumbnails in the center of the dial are the most popular. Over the years, enamel patterns have diversified: a group of palm trees, lonely lighthouses, etc., but it is undeniable that the most popular is the stylized world map.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tourbillon Continents series self-winding watch, one-minute tourbillon device, filigree micro-painted enamel dial chart
     When European civilization began to experience the most turbulent period in its history, the fine arts of enamel experienced the most brilliant moments. It was during that time that Spanish and Portuguese navigators began long journeys and adventures to explore areas that were still not fully understood at the time. Another enamel micro-painted watch estimated at 580,000-800,000 at the auction session-Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tourbillon tourbillon watch, shows the appearance of a series of continents of our earth on the dial through enamel technology. To commemorate the breakthrough view of the country at that time, and to commemorate the discovery of the natural phenomenon that the earth is round. The area to be decorated on the dial is hollowed out with a carving knife to form grooves, and decorative patterns are drawn on the gold dial plate; the surface of each continent is carefully carved, in the direction of the four basic points of the compass. The grid is decorated, the bezel is also decorated with corresponding decoration, and the surface of the ocean is decorated with spray waves. The translucent enamel layer reveals a carved geographic pattern, showing incredible depth and density. The bezel is engraved with geographic coordinates, and the center point of the indicator is the center of the dial with a pattern of fixed hands. After repeated firing, the borders of different countries and the contours of the continent gradually appeared on the dial. This extremely precise masterpiece is impossible to mass produce.
A three-question self-satisfied pocket watch depicting Our Lady of Alba
     The world’s only three-question self-resonant pocket watch made in 1896 was sold for 920,000 yuan. This crown-winding pocket watch, made of 18k gold, is amazingly technically complicated. This alone makes it Destined to be called an extremely rare collectible treasure in the international timepiece market. The pocket watch is a micro-painted enamel picture. According to the shape of the case, the rare circular composition work of Raphael’s masterpiece ‘Mother of Alba’ was subtly selected, and the ‘A The immortal classic of Our Lady of Barr is drawn mirror-to-mirror on a double-sided case, which is breathtaking. Unlike the more commonly-painted enamel subjects such as pastoral life or ladies’ flowers, the enamel picture of this three-question self-sounding pocket watch is taken from traditional religious themes, depicting the kinship between the Virgin and Child and John the Baptist bathed in the twilight dusk. In the picture, the Virgin is sitting on the floor, with the baby Jesus on his lap, and the older John the Baptist sitting beside him. The Virgin holds the Bible that has just been closed in her left hand, and puts her right hand on John Baptist’s knee, with a kind face and full of love. The eyes of the three men were doubtfully gathered on the small cross at this moment, as if they all foresaw the heavyness and tragicness of the Son Jesus who would give his life to redeem the sins of mankind. In the dusk and twilight, the fragrant and fresh summer sun sprinkles on the distant scenery with farms and rolling hills, giving the picture a melancholic poetic atmosphere. The figure’s posture is very natural, but it forms an unnaturally excellent balanced composition. The soothing, soft and moving curves, delineating the curved image exactly, successfully preserved all the spirituality of an icon.
     This painting by Raphael was named after his collector Duke Alba, and was collected in the former Soviet Hermitage, and was later tortured by Andre William Mellon, the three US Treasury Secretary, banker and collector Home was acquired secretly in the 1930s for $ 1.16 million and was donated to the country through President Truman in 1937. It is now in the National Museum of Washington. In 2004, the Russian Hermitage Museum borrowed this masterpiece, and the insurance price was as high as 1 billion US dollars.
Vacheron Constantin Mackato Series 97 Hong Kong Commemorative Model
     The 1997 Vacheron Constantin Mackato series is a commemorative model of the 1997 Hong Kong return, with an estimated value of 480,000 to 600,000 yuan. This series is a collection of exquisite enamel timepieces with human characteristics in limited edition watches. The launch of this watch coincides with the return of Hong Kong in 1997. It is made of 18K yellow gold and is limited to 30 pieces. It has a self-winding watch with dual retrograde functions of hour and minute, and a South China map micro-painted on the dial. The dial painted ‘1 JULY 1997’ is also signed by the master enamel painter J & L. GENBRUGGE, which makes it extraordinary significance. Fifteen years passed and the color of the watch was still bright.