LAID IN GOLD
A one-of-a-kind Paillonne timepiece by Jaquet Droz, customised to your preferences From S$70,000 ±
Imagine carving mi n i s c u l e patterns, each perhaps no more than five millimetres long, out of tissue-thin pure gold foil. This is the art of paillonne, often used in combination with grand feu enamelling – another age-old art form that takes years to master – to create paillonne enamelling.
The art has been practised by Jaquet Droz since the 18th century. The watch’s dial is first covered with a powder of coloured glass, which is repeatedly fired in a kiln at temperatures of over 800 degrees. The glass melts to cover the dial with a glossy, liquidlike glaze. Once the enamel is completed, the paillons are applied to the surface and sealed
with a top coat of transparent enamel, called fondant.
Look i nto Jaquet Droz’s archives and one will see many examples of pocket watches, clocks and wristwatches beautifully decorated with the tapestry-like pattern of paillons arranged on richly coloured enamel.
Own a piece of fine art history with a bespoke Jaquet Droz Paillonne timepiece, with the design of the paillons and shade of the enamel fully customised to your whims and fancies. Gift must be purchased by 31 December 2016. Please email ultimategiftguide@ imv.com.sg for enquiries and to purchase. Visit or for more details. ≠