Swiss luxury watch brand DeLaneau has announced that its RONDO Translucent Champagne timepiece has won the Grand Prix D’horlogerie De Geneve 2013 ladies’ timepiece prize.
DeLaneau’s translucent enamel timepieces, as the name suggests combine the strength of a single colour with the power of light to produce an appearance of remarkable and understated beauty.
The definition of a ‘translucent’ object is one which will allow light to pass through it, but will not reveal a clear image. Translucency can, of course, be seen at its finest in nature – perhaps in a limpid pool, a block of melting ice or a delicate leaf, lit from behind by the sun. Like many of DeLaneau’s watches, Translucent enamel has been very much inspired by nature and is designed to come alive with light.
Before the enamel is applied, the dial is decorated with an underlying guilloche pattern created by master engravers. After this, the dial is in-house Grand Feu enameled and in a painstaking process which ensures absolute uniformity of colour and depth but which still allows the pattern to refract light to create a unique effect.
Once the required finish is achieved, the now exceptionally delicate dial is laser-drilled at the 12 o’clock position to enable the setting of a single, flat, precious stone. This serves as the DeLaneau signature on a dial which is otherwise unadorned in order that the true beauty of its semi-transparency can be seen to the best effect.
Ethereally elegant, the RONDO Translucent Champagne (Pièce unique) timepiece arrests attention with a sole diamond drop falling into a vast sea of translucent Grand Feu enamel on a Guilloché dial. Embraced by a 36mm red gold case set with 272 diamonds, with a diamond-embedded crown, this hand guilloche dial is enamelled in Atelier by DeLaneau’s own master enamellers.
A navette-cut diamond, at 12, appears as the unique brand signature. This masterpiece is equipped with an automatic movement. Lizard strap equipped with a red gold tongue buckle set with 24 diamonds. This creation totals approximately 3.72 carats.