Enamelling

Through the years, a variety of enamelling techniques has been developed. Some involve how the metal is prepared and some involve how the enamel is applied. The following defines the most prevalent techniques we use for our watche's production:

Champlevé
Champleve: French for “raised field” or “raised plain.” A technique in which enamel is inlaid into depressions in the metal, leaving metal exposed. The depressions are typically made by an etching process, although other methods exist. First done in the 3rd century AD by the Celts decorating their shields, this technique has been one of the favorite forms of enameling.

Cloisonné
French for “cloison” or “cell.” A technique in which metal wires are bent to form a design; enamel is s can be done in copper, contemporary cloisonné is most frequently done in silver or gold. The Byzantine Empire, 6th century AD, was the setting for gold cloisonne pieces of a religious nature. In the same time frame, the Japanese were producing scenes of nature. In China, cloisonné has been used sincretwertwerte the 13th century AD.

Basse-taille (Guilloché)
French for “engine-turning.” Engine-turning is the mechanical cutting of lines on metal to create a design. Because the pattern is engraved, the reflection of light through the overcoating of transparent enamel is enhanced, and its brilliance can be seen as the piece is moved from side to side. The best known, but not the first, artist using this technique was Fabergé, in Russia, who, when showing pieces in Paris in 1900, brought a new interest to this technique.