Friday, 10 February 2012

Circus Circus from Angular Momentum

Two-body 1.4435Cnu Staybrite stainless steel case, completely polished, 37.00 mm, sapphire crystal, stainless steel back with palladium coated hand-engraved silver medallion, crown with cabochon Onyx, mechanical historical hand-winding movement, caliber FHF 96, Luminous Champlevé dial showing a Circus Elephant.

Champlevé is an enamelling technique in the decorative arts, or an object made by that process, in which troughs or cells are carved or cast into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel melts, and when cooled the surface of the object is polished.

Angular Momentum‘s "Luminous" Champlevé dials are milled with a pantograph. An eight time larger model of the dial is made. With the Pantograph (milling machine), the design is reduced to a copper plate. Then the luminous enamel consisting out of luminous powder prepared from oyster-shells, fluor-spar, cryolite and other incrediences is applied into the cells and finally fired in a furnace in the same way it is done with vitreous enamel.


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