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Glossary of watchmaking

Enamel

Émail (émaux) | エナメル | 珐琅

A dial enamelled

A vitreous substance whose main component is silica mixed with oxides (transition metals) that create a vast palette of colours. Enamel is used to decorate metal surfaces, in particular gold, silver and copper.

  • Translucent enamel allows the passage of more or less light, for example the opalescent enamels that give a sought-after milky quality to certain pieces.
  • Champlevé enamel
  • Cloisonné enamel
  • Painting on enamel