MI­CRO-MO­SAIC

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Gor­geously demon­strated on Pi­aget’s Alti­plano Mi­cro-mo­saic Dial watch, mi­cro-mo­saic dec­o­ra­tion was first used by 18th-cen­tury Ital­ian artists Ce­sare Aguatti and Gi­a­como Raf­faelli. It fea­tures pat­terns or im­ages formed us­ing bits of tesserae, tiny pieces of glass mea­sur­ing less than 1mm each. The process be­gins with mix­ing and fir­ing enamel or glass over high heat of up to 800 deg C, cool­ing it down, stretch­ing it, and cut­ting it into tiny squares. This tech­nique al­lows for a broad palette of up to 10,000 hues, which en­sures sub­tle gra­di­ents and shades in the fin­ished work.

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