When a watch company want some intricate enamel work done, there’s only one person to call: Anita Porchet. The Lionel Messi of her field, Porchet is an in-demand miniature art expert who specialises in detailed work on watch dials.
Her latest project is the magnificent dial of Louis Vuitton’s Escale Spin Time watch that was inspired by tattoo art and required 200 hours of careful Grand Feu champlevé enamelling.
Porchet applied three shades of enamel – black, turquoise and transparent – to the white gold plaque dial that’s set with white diamonds and rubies. Then came the precarious process during which the dial is subjected to a series of firings at 840°C. One crack or bubble and it’s back to square one.