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Prince’s Palace of Monaco reached 30.000 Euro at a Charity Auction

The precious collector’s piece Prince’s Palace of Monaco displays Monaco’s palace perfectly painted onto the paper-thin Meissen porcelain dial with the greatest craftsmanship. This unique timepiece was donated by the Saxon watchmakers for the auction took place on September 20, 2007 during the 17th Monaco Yacht Show. The auction result of 30,000 Euro goes to research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Perfect German craftsmanship has had a long tradition at the Glashütte Original manufactory for more than 160 years. The highly complicated watches of the manufactory’s famous founders made the company well-known throughout the world and its handiwork a part of German watch culture. The manufactory’s social commitment far exceeds maintaining the art of watchmaking: for the Saxon manufactory, retaining tradition and values also means assuming responsibility for future generations and providing hope.

Manufacturing the Dial

Working with the reputable German porcelain manufactory in Meissen, an exceptionally aesthetic dial was created. The ceramic characteristics of porcelain, pure white with a shiny surface, lend this watch the perfect touch as it is so flawlessly painted. The manufacture of this dial began with the shaping of a little disc using a formable porcelain mixture, after which it was fired at 1400°C.

Further work on the disc ensures the exact measurements needed to complete the watch. The disc underwent strict quality control, and only the most perfect hand-selected disc ended up being painted. The Monaco palace motif was painted by a highly qualified landscape painter using very fine brushes. The porcelain paints were applied in two layers, and each layer was fired in the kiln at 900°C in order to get the desired depth. The Glashütte Original logo was also painted by hand, as were the crossed swords of the Meissen logo. Then the disc is fired one final time.

The Manufacture Watch Movement

The precision of the unique Prince’s Palace of Monaco is expressed in the quality of its fine movement. Inside the precious timekeeper beats manufacture Caliber 49-08.

Manufactured in the Glashütte Original manufactory, all components of this mechanical watch movement are finely finished, tin polished with edges beveled, and the jewels set in gold chatons and individually screw-mounted with blued screws. The winding wheels of the precise manufacture movement are decorated with a double sunburst pattern and the wheel bridges with Glashütte ribbing. The balance with its 18 gold weighted screws beats at a frequency of 4 Hz. This one-of-a-kind timekeeper housed in a sold rose gold case has a power reserve of 40 hours.