During these critical steps all minuscule bubbles and imperfections are scrupulously removed.
One Urban Jürgensen enamel dial requires a full month of work to complete.
Used in timepieces through the course of more than 240 years.
Enameled dials have enjoyed a long history at Urban Jürgensen, where only the best enamel artisans worked on the creation of the dials used in their timepieces through the course of more than 240 years.
Urban Jürgensen’s enamel dial is made using the high fire temperature criteria (700° to 800°C) for the “grand feu” technique. These high temperatures are required to allow the silica, ground into a fine powder and mixed into an emulsion, to melt, vitrify, and take on its glass-like, exceptional glow and depth.
During the final stages, some four transparent crystal flint glass fondant layers are applied and individually fired. In between each firing all imperfections will be smoothed out of the transparent vitreous enamel.
It is the application of these layers of transparent fondant, perfectly set with exact thickness over the entire surface, which creates the transparency, glow, and depth of a perfect dial. Once this process has been finished, the dial is not yet complete. It will undergo further grinding, lapping, and polishing – all entirely executed by hand.
Manually fired and painted enamel dials always bear the clear “signature” of the artist who created them. They are unique and never identical, regardless of how similar they may look to each other. Manually created enamel dials remain the “face” of the timepiece.