Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Faubourg Lapis Lazuli, Onyx or Malachite

Lapis lazuli, onyx or malachite: the Faubourg watch adorns its dial in semi-precious stones playing on a blue colour palette, a deep black hue or variations on the theme of green.

Expertly shaped by the artisan’s nimble fingers, the stones reveal various subtle and unique nuances. They are framed by a precious 15.5 mm-diameter case in white gold, rose gold, or rose gold set with 48 diamonds for the lapis lazuli version; in white gold or rose gold gemset versions for the onyx model; or in non-set rose gold to accentuate the subtle shades of the malachite dial.
Well before the stones become dials, the artisan selects them with infinite care while keeping only the most beautiful. He then cuts out the material to the desired diameter and gets an initial idea of the volume before profile-turning to fine-tune the result and then setting the final touch with a hand-crafted polishing operation.
In moving from the rough stone to the dial with its countless subtle features, the artisan implements a variety of time-honoured skills often handed down in the workshops from generation to generation. In working with malachite, he pays particularly close attention to the cutting direction in order to avoid any splintering of this particularly brittle stone.
Conversely, the hardness of onyx implies other challenges, such as polishing that might make the stone look grey or reveal certain undesirably little white ‘clouds’.
Lapis lazuli is easier to work with but requires a very discerning eye to pinpoint the rare stones of absolutely perfect colour midway between azure and sea-blue.
Faubourg Lapis Lazuli

Case
Shape / size: Round, 15.5 mm in diameter
Material: 750 5N rose gold (≈7.34 g) set with 44 diamonds (0.1 cts)/750 5N rose gold (≈7.46 g), non-set/ 750 white gold (≈7.85 g) set with 44 diamonds (0.1 cts)
Diamond quality: Top Wesselton V.V.S “rare white” to “rare white plus”
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial 
Lapis lazuli set with 4 diamonds (0.006 cts)

Movement
Type: Quartz, made in Switzerland
Diameter: 11 mm (4 7/8’’’)
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Jewelling: 5 jewels

Functions  
Hours, minutes

Strap
Black Barenia calfskin leather strap; 6 mm pin buckle in 750 5N rose gold  (≈0.82 g)
Bracelet: 750 5N rose gold (≈21.12 g) or 750 white gold (≈21.7 g)

Faubourg Onyx

Case
Shape / size: Round, 15.5 mm in diameter
Material: 750 5N rose gold (≈7.34 g) set with 44 diamonds (0.1 cts) or 750 white gold (≈7.85 g) set with 44 diamonds (0.1cts)
Diamond quality: Top Wesselton V.V.S “rare white” to “rare white plus”
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial 
Onyx set with 4 diamonds (0.006 cts)

Movement
Type: Quartz, made in Switzerland
Diameter: 11 mm (4 7/8’’’)
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Jewelling: 5 jewels

Functions  
Hours, minutes

Strap 
Black Barenia calfskin
Buckle: 6 mm pin buckle in 750 5N rose gold (≈0.82 g) or 750 white gold (≈0.9 g)

Faubourg Malachite

Case
Shape / size: Round, 15.5 mm in diameter
Material: 750 5N rose gold (≈7.46 g)
Diamond quality: Top Wesselton V.V.S “rare white” to “rare white plus”
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial 
Malachite set with 4 diamonds (0.006 cts)

Movement
Type: Quartz, made in Switzerland
Diameter: 11 mm (4 7/8’’’)
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Jewelling: 5 jewels

Functions  
Hours, minutes

Bracelet 
750 5N rose gold (≈21.12 g)

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