What I realized on the nice Patek Philippe watchmaking artwork exhibition

Patek Philippe's nice watchmaking artwork exhibition takes place on the Marina Bay Sands Theater. Suffice it to say that after masking timepieces for practically twenty years, one would assume that there can be little left to shock a jaded watch journalist. As well as, after visiting the Patek Philippe manufacturing unit simply 4 years in the past, one would assume that there can be little to study. I used to be unsuitable, my boy.

Extending over 1,800 sq. meters, it’s the fifth and largest main exhibition of Patek Philippe. With reconstructions of the Napoleon Room and altering Geneva scenes each day and night time, LUXUO and World of Watches had the privilege of spending an intimate second with the legend of enameling, Ms. Anita Porchet (Half 1). ) and Philip Barat, head of watch growth at Patek Philippe (half 2), to grasp what makes Geneva's best-selling watches.

"Hearth is the last word check. I attempt to discover the answer to each downside, however I don’t all the time succeed. – Anita Porchet

Few individuals comprehend it, however enameling is a uncommon craft. Certainly, it’s now not formally taught in Switzerland because the finish of the disaster of the Quartz. Because of this Ms Anita Porchet, some of the acknowledged and revered enamellers in Switzerland, might be one of many final to have sponsored apprentices and that others, like Richemont, Swatch and Chopard started to put money into making a formalized system, It’s early to say if the abilities will live on in perpetuity.


The primary enamelled watches by Anita Porchet for Patek Philippe date again to the mid-1990s. With greater than 30 years of expertise, she has since created miniature artwork works for all the homes of significant watches, together with Vacheron Constantin, Hermes, Piaget, Fabergé and plenty of others.

Winner of the 2015 Gaia Award (the equal of the Nobel Prize within the watch trade), one of many the explanation why artisans like Ms. Porchet are uncommon remains to be the richness and depth of essential data to turn out to be an actual enameler. One should know many areas of artwork, together with cloisonné, champlevé, grisaille, pailloné, Limoges and miniature portray. This talent and know-how alone distinguish Porchet from the opposite masters who accompanied it within the context of the Nice Exhibition. Uncommon craft room.

How lengthy does it take to finish a dial?

Three months. Six to eight hours a day, with breaks to relaxation my eyes. It may possibly take as much as a yr to finish a really sophisticated dial.

From my expertise, the precise colours earlier than and after the shot are very completely different. How are you certain what colours will likely be after taking pictures?

It's the onerous half. This includes a number of trial and error. Some colours will likely be acquainted to you due to a protracted expertise and a repeated use. You’ll uncover issues with different much less used colours solely as soon as the intuition can have instructed you that one thing is unsuitable in the midst of the job. Colours like crimson, orange and pink are among the many most tough colours, so you’ll be able to think about the problem stage to recreate orchids enamel. Inexperienced and blue are the best as a result of they’re extra steady colours. Different colours are tougher to manage. As soon as drawn, the colours will stay for eternity.

Pink, pink and orange are essentially the most tough and tough colours to work in enamelling

Blue and inexperienced are comparatively straightforward colours to deal with

Appears prefer it's extra artwork than science …

A couple of further seconds within the oven can spoil months of enamel work and it might not all the time be enamel. Generally its undetectable impurities within the glass trigger bubbles or discoloration. Different occasions, it might be the metallic of the dial itself. Rarer are the events when the colour and viscosity of the liquid itself is an element. Hearth is the last word check. I attempt to discover the answer to each downside, however I don’t all the time succeed.


You gained the Gaia Award in 2015. Why are you thought-about the very best enameller within the trade?

I don’t assume my methods are very completely different from these of different craftsmen, however I might not need to share them both. They might not be secret anymore. [laughs]


Have you ever all the time identified that you simply need to be an enameller?

I began on the age of 12 years. My godfather was an enameler, he launched me to the craft trade.

Patek Philippe's nice watchmaking artwork exhibition closes on Sunday October 13, 2019

The place : Sands Theater, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Open : Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Admission is free

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