LAID IN GOLD

A one-of-a-kind Pail­lonne time­piece by Ja­quet Droz, customised to your pref­er­ences From S$70,000 ±

Robb Report Singapore - - Grand Openings - By HO YUN KUAN

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. ≠

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