Anita Porchet is one of Switzerland’s most recognised and respected enamelers. She has created works of miniature art for many major watch houses such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Fabergé and many others. She was awarded the Gaïa award in 2015.

1. Describe briefly your childhood.

A happy childhood surrounded by nature, music and art and very busy parents, so a lot of freedom.

2. As a child did you have any driving ambition?  

I would not say ambitions but dreams... Dreams that changed as I grew up: becoming a school teacher (classic), then as a teenager: fashion designer and ultimately drawing and painting have become my refuge.

3. What is your first significant memory as a child?

There are many; but I have a very beautiful memory of having been able to listen and observe a parent (violinist-soloist) preparing for a concert. I was fascinated to hear the music escape from the instrument and see the agility of the fingers on the string.

4. Have you ever had another profession?  

I taught drawing, painting and crafts at different levels.

5.  What made you decide to go in the direction you are currently in?


6. What’s the worst job you’ve had to do? 


7. What’s been the hardest moment in your life so far, and how did you overcome it? 

The most shocking moment: hearing gunshots and discovering that someone had been murdered a few meters away from where I was and that I had just spoken to this person (I was 15), coming face to face with a violent death.

8. Who has had the strongest influence on you?

Many people have influenced my life; but from a professional point of view, I can talk about my godfather (engraver, stone setter and enameler).

9. What are you most proud of? 

Whenever I can bring a little joy, peace or support to a person.


10. What advice would you give to a 20 something someone thinking of taking a similar path as you? 

We must listen to life, follow its feelings and develop its intuition.

11. Name three things on your bucket list.  

To better perceive the time that passes by savouring every moment and I have some ideas to realize professionally.

12.Where do you think the industry is going to be in 10 years time. 

I have difficulty and some anxiety to imagine the world in 10 years! so ??? but great changes are on the way.

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