Those who design and craft enamel-dial watches, as well as those who collect them are similar to a cult. Rare watches of extraordinary beauty are so rare that many collectors are likely to see very few of them in their lifetimes. Enamel dial watches have very detailed and vivid faces made from colored sand so finely ground that it is nearly a powder. When mixed with water, the enamel yields a brushable mixture that is applied to the dial after which it melts in a kiln and then turns into a glass-hard material once cooled. The work of crafting enamel dials is very tedious that it is often done with the aid of a microscope or magnifying glass.
The most experienced and highly skilled enamellists learn to know a perfect mixture by feel, by the sound it makes while being ground or mixed - sounds only they know. Very fine quills are used to put the pigmented powder on surfaces of copper, gold and other precious metals. High temperatures in kilns melt and fix the enamel into a hard and vivid design with a smooth finish like no other.
Very few of enamel watches ever get into the hands of retailers. Many enamel dials don’t even make it through creation. Moment or less too long in a kiln can ruin months of work. Invisible impurities in the powder can cause cracks, air-pockets, and other flaws. Cooling the dial too fast or heating it too quickly can cause off colors and other flaws. Often, heating is required for each of the colors in a dial: a flaw or mistake during any one of those stages will cause the entire process to be lost, and the enamellist will have to begin all over again.
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