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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnee
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The art of paillonne enamelling is a historic one passed down from the goldsmiths of the Renaissance. The time-consuming process involves creating a raised motif with gold leaf – or paillons – and filling in the space between the gold with enamel.
Jaquet Droz showcases this refined technique on its Grande Seconde Paillonnee timepiece. The rich, dark red enamel, applied over a gold dial decorated with a sunray pattern, is not an easy colour to achieve – grand feu enamel requires repeated firings after each application, with the final colour only revealed during the last firing, presenting a certain level of uncertainty in the process.
Jaquet Droz is creating an exclusive, unique version of its Petite Heure Paillonnee (not shown) for one Robb Report reader using vintage paillons from its collection dating back to the 18th century. Around 80 paillons will be used on the timepiece to create a motif that is wholly one-of-a-kind.Read More
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