At Baselworld 2013, the luxury brand Julien Coudray 1518, inspired by the eponymous watchmaker in the Renaissance invented the first portable clock of history, will present a series of Haute Horlogerie timepiece made by a team of experts led by Fabien Lamarche.
Constructed entirely in-house, from the mechanical movement of manufacturing, the model – such as Competentia 1515 – will be built in a few pieces including some unique.
This timepiece, whose movement is entirely made of solid gold or platinum, marks the reserve, when the mechanism will need to perform maintenance, day / night and is equipped with a tourbillon.
Despite the complication on board the Calibre does not exceed 5 millimeters in thickness to ensure that the watch is comfortable to wear. Competentia 1515 has a quadrant formed by eleven glazed elements, and the trip indicator is represented by a symbol in the shape of a drop in gold enamel which appears after four years of operation.
The decoration of the central disc of this quadrant adopts the glazing technique called plique-a-jour which allows to show glimpses of all the sophisticated decorations of the movement. To achieve this effect, is gently placed on a transparent enamel structure of gold, and then baked in an oven at more than 800 ° C. The indices on the outside, which represent a modern interpretation of those found in watches of 1500, are made of enamel and gold.