I am keeping my eyes out to add a watch with enamel dial to my collection. Among the Swiss names, the price is in the stratosphere even for a simple grand feu white dial. I have come across some Chinese alternatives which, based on my research, uses the some of the same techniques described in the link below, but at a substantially lower cost. This is where I need some expert help, in case I am overlooking something obvious.
Enamel Explained: The Art of Cloisonné, Grand Feu, Champlevé, Paillonné, Flinqué & Other Enamel Techniques | Perpétuelle
For example, Beijing offers the following enamel dial watch using (as far as I can tell from its description) the proper champleve technique on a pure silver base plate. The price is slightly over $1,100 USD, which is orders of magnitude off from a Swiss equivalent. The description emphasizes that it's a 45-step process that takes 20 days to complete a single dial, and that less than 10% of dials make it to the finished product; colors are hand-applied, but the base plate is machine-carved. It's a limited edition of 299 pieces.
What do the experts think ? Is this proper enamel ? Why so inexpensive, relatively ? What factors account for the vast price difference vs. a Swiss-made enamel watch ? How favorable do experts view the Chinese (or Beijing) enamel dials relative to Swiss ?
thanks in advance
(repost from Watchmaker Forum)