We have chosen to enter our second release, the Model 2 Fumé into the Challenge category because it not only demonstrates our ability in enamelling and watch design, it also showcases an entirely new enamelling technique we have developed in-house.
To create this dial, enamel is layered onto a domed, hand-hammered silver disc to create a colour gradient, or fumé effect. The enamel depth ranges from 0.4 to 0.15mm in depth; working at these incredibly fine levels requires great skill to prevent cracking.
Based in Scotland, anOrdain specialises in grand feu enamel and is an exciting example of one way in which watchmaking could develop around the World. Seven years ago there were essentially no horologists of working age in Scotland. Our head watchmaker was then working in an Amazon warehouse and studying by night. Today he is an award winning (BHI) watchmaker with an apprentice. Our three enamellers, all trained jewellers, spent 3 years before we launched learning dial enamelling. Today, 2 years after launch there are 11 of us here in Glasgow, including the typographer who creates each number and letter you see on our dials.
AnOrdain is all about fusing designing and making, hence our motto: Old Crafts, New Hands.
Working in-house with our young team, and using a simple Sellita movement, we have been able to produce these remarkable enamel watches at a price which is accessible to a new generation of watch enthusiasts, and we feel the GPHG award would help us continue our work!