Lang & Heyne: the Friedrich III unique piece – „Orient“
The timepiece features a beautiful white enamel dial with a painting inspired from an ancient bowl exposed at The Guimet Museum (Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet; MNAAG), an art museum in Paris, France. The museum has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia.
The dial is made in white gold with champlevé technique – presenting logo and “made in Saxony”. There is no small second and no numerals; instead, our porcelain painter, who completed her training at the well-known porcelain manufacture in Meißen, paints it with grass and flowers in shades of blue and black on white enamel. The design merges with the edge and the position of the painting gives an indication of the position of the actual numerals. The hands are specially designed for this watch, slim and discreet in blued steel to develop its effect optimally. The 18ct white gold case is set with a blue sapphire stone in the crown.
The movement is a feast for the eyes. Instead of gold plating, it was rhodium plated and features engravings of “pièce unique” and “Orient”. Special highlights for constant amazement are the polished surface of the three gold wheels and, a special challenge for our master watchmakers, the winding wheels with polished surface. To further flatter the overall appearance, the otherwise red ruby bearings were replaced with clear ones.