Champlevé dials begin with a pure silver dial blank engraved with a pattern that can be filled with enamel.
Using the same techniques as cloisonné, finely ground enamel is washed and mixed with water so that it can be applied to the dial using a fine brush.
The engraved areas of the dial are filled with various colors to create shading, gradations, and to bring the image to life.
The enamel is built up layer upon layer. Each layer is fired at about 1400 degrees Fahrenheit in the kiln. The enamel grains melt creating a smooth surface that is fused to the silver dial blank.
Watch designer Rick Bell & AWCI Certified watchmaker Jordan Ficklin at the Union Terminal.