Paul Picot’s Atelier “L’art de l’émail” collection reflects the watchmaker’s art at its most refined. For 2014, Paul Picot is presenting an exceptional model. The dial is decorated with Grand Feu champlevé enamelling to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.
The Atelier “L’art de l’émail” watches are embellished using high-quality ancestral techniques: champlevé, flinqué and enamelling. In the champlevé technique, hollows are created to be filled with enamel. In flinqué, incisions are made in the tiniest surfaces to intensify the colours. Lastly, the dial is enamelled. The enamel is carefully prepared and vitrified at 850 degrees Celsius.
This process adorns the dial with a multitude of colours which reflect light in a thousand different ways, delighting the owner afresh each day. The image is drawn to scale and divided into sectors. At this stage, the colours, incisions and shades are determined. Enamel powder is skilfully blended to create the colours. An infinite number of shades of each colour can be achieved. A range of chisels in different shapes and gauges are used for the flinqué technique. The operation is very delicate, as the incisions made are just half a millimetre wide.
With the new Atelier The Horse model, Paul Picot has added another masterpiece to the L’art de l’émail collection. It is being produced as a limited edition of 88 rose gold watches.
Automatic-winding mechanical movement with 42-hour power reserve
Champlevé Grand Feu enamel dial
Exclusive Paul Picot hands
42mm diameter 18-carat rose gold case, hand-fluted middle and bezel, screwed crown protector, soldered lugs
Water-resistant to 50m
Hand-sewn alligator leather strap
Paul Picot-branded 18-carat rose gold buckle
Limited edition of 88 watches