In the first quarter of the 18th century the leadership in enamel painting was taken over by Switzerland. The work of Swiss enamellers of the period can well be seen in the works of master Hanhart; their surface is decorated with exquisitely done pictures from Greek mythology.
But it was not only painted enamel that decorated watches in the 18th century. Gems were also an important component in their ornamentation. Thus the face of the watch by English master Peter Par-quot is covered with diamonds shining against their blue enamel background. Gems were also placed on the crystal face.
Watch mechanism accuracy
In the course of the 17th century the centre of watch production in Europe shifted from town to town for some special reasons. The events of the Thirty Year's War (1618-48) undermined the former power in watchmaking of some German cities like Nuremberg and Augsburg. In early 17th century French
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