As the latest tribute to the legendary work that continues to this day — the Métiers d’ Art master series, Vacheron Constantin has launched the Chinese Zodiac Legend Series watch, which is a 12-year cycle.
The goat is a symbol of a vibrant and independent spirit. When the year of the horse is celebrated on February 19, 2015, Vacheron Constantin will launch two new watches, both of which use enamel craftsmanship and carving art to show extraordinary quality.
Since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has been outstanding in the field of top-level decorative craftsmanship, and through the generations of professional craftsmanship, it actively integrates watchmaking with its traditionally respected arts and crafts. With its superb craftsmanship, this Geneva-based watchmaker emphasizes the core values of the brand, which of course includes the relentless pursuit of excellence, as well as the sharing of passion and knowledge by unconditionally supporting different artistic expressions at home and abroad, showing the eyes The spirit of the world.
Paper-cutting technology, the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures
Since 1845, Vacheron Constantin has established a trusting relationship with this land of China. China is world-famous for its many inventions such as papermaking and is also the birthplace of the art of paper cutting. The art of paper-cutting is listed by UNESCO as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’, which is similar to the popular silhouette art (Scherenschnitt) from Switzerland’s Pays d’ Enhaut region. According to the principle of paper-cutting, people cut out twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac on paper. This process needs to make full use of the blank space of the paper to maximize the paper-cutting process. Vacheron Constantin’s skilled craftsmen, with their superb skills and experience, dare to accept this challenge and apply it to the field of watchmaking. The engraver and enameler worked together to create two sheep year watches, made of pink or platinum, each limited to 12 pieces, available only at Vacheron Constantin stores.
A modern alliance of traditional craftsmanship creates a gorgeous dial
The leaf decorative pattern on the dial is derived from the classic Chinese pattern and is etched directly on the gold dial. The pattern is semi-embedded and carefully combined through reliefs of different depths to create a deep depth effect. The highlighted honeysuckle appears to be suspended above the dial.
The goat’s hair is very delicately carved, less than a millimeter thick. Through this creation, the craftsman showed us a tangible artistic vision.
This is followed by the Great Fire Enamel stage. The Daming fire enamel craftsmanship originated in Geneva, and so far only a few artisans are proficient. By using several layers of enamel glaze, the enamel master further highlights the visual tension of the blue or bronze dial. When the enamel dial is fired in a kiln at about 800 to 900 degrees Celsius, the color of the glaze and the reaction caused by the firing must be strictly controlled, which requires the enamelist to have a rational inferential ability, which requires a number It will take years to master. Before the last firing, the last layer of transparent enamel should be applied, so that the dial has a smooth and shiny glass texture, making the flower pattern more clear and easy to see.
The center of the dial is inlaid with a fine goat pattern, which looks peaceful and peaceful against the backdrop of sapphire crystal.
A movement focused on space-original display design
The Métiers d’ Art master éThe Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series has ample space to display decorative art, thanks in large part to the 2460 G4 movement. In order to maintain its long tradition of providing various original display functions, Vacheron Constantin uses hands-free time display on this movement to showcase its breathtaking watchmaking skills, and displays the hours, minutes, Day and date. The first two displays are sliding, while the last two are skipped, each of which is presented through four windows around the central dial pattern. The self-winding mechanical movement of the watch is capable of vibrating at 28,800 times per hour. It is equipped with a 22K gold oscillating weight decorated with dynamic geometric figures inspired by the brand’s historical symbol-the Maltese cross . All parts are exquisitely polished to meet the exacting requirements of the Geneva Seal-the Geneva Seal was created in 1886 and is one of the highest symbols of world-renowned fine watchmaking. At present, the scope of identification of the Geneva Seal has been extended from the movement to the entire watch, and the entire watch has been fully recognized by the Geneva Seal.
As one of the works of the Métiers d’ Art master éThe Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series, this year of the sheep is engraved with the Geneva Seal and is therefore endowed with a unique soul. Vacheron Constantin hopes to continue the unique way of communication between the brand and fine watch collectors and fine watchmaking enthusiasts through this unique watch series.
Model 86073 / 000P-9890-Platinum
86073 / 000R-9889 – pink gold
Métiers d’ Art Master “The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac” 2015 series “Year of the Sheep” engraved with the Geneva Seal Certification Only available at Vacheron Constantin stores
Movement 2460 G4
Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures itself
Automatic mechanical movement
31.00 mm diameter (11’’’¼ method minute)
6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
Display hours, minutes, date and month
Case 950 platinum / 18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thickness
Case back with transparent sapphire crystal
Pass 3 bar atmospheric pressure test (about 30 meters)
Dial 18K gold dial, hand-engraved, large fire enamel
Hand-carved 950 platinum / 18K 5N pink gold goat pattern
Strap Dark blue / brown Mississippi alligator leather, hand-stitched, saddle stitching, large square pattern
Buckle 950 platinum / 18K 5N pink gold folding buckle
Half maltese cross
Accessories Comes with a calibration pen, magnifying glass, a brochure showing the superb craftsmanship and superb technology behind the work
Limited edition of 12 pieces each
‘2015’ is engraved on each case back