Vitreous, or Grand Feu enamel, is the art of fusing glass to metal. The process involves a wafer thin metal disc and multiple layers of enamel powder that’s deftly sifted on, layer by layer, and fired at upwards of 800 degrees celsius. The result is a watch dial of less than a millimetre thick, with a perfectly flat and consistent finish.
Each of the enamellers graduated with a degree in jewellery before joining anOrdain, and have since spent time building up our in-house knowledge, by studying under enamellers working in different disciplines of enamel, such as cloisonné and champlevé. As well as experimenting with ways of incorporating these techniques into our own enamel dials, the enamellers have developed a new method of grand feu enamelling, creating the first fumé enamel dial.
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