This piece embodies the famous Métiers d’Art cultivated within Vacheron Constantin: engraver, enameler, gemsetter and guillocher worked together to create this unique watch, especially developed for Only Watch 2011. Inspired by the technique of repetitive tiling designs known as tessellation, this “Métiers d’Art – Perspectives d’Art” watch invites observers to explore a reality that plays with human perception.
This watch combines several of the Manufacture’s artistic crafts that vividly express the theme of perspective in order to accentuate the sense of depth, each according to its own technique. The gold, enameled and diamond-set dial adopts concepts such as geometry, symbolism and motion, subtly nesting and layering them in order to generate several levels of meaning and interpretation.
This timepiece is inspired by a drawing by Maurits Cornelis Escher – a Dutch engraver and graphic artist (1898-1972) whose work was based on a subtle play on architecture, perspective and space. This one-of-a-kind creation depicts a flight of red and white doves – the Only Watch colors. The birds – symbols of hope and love – interlock like jigsaw puzzle parts. Within the case beats the high-precision mechanical self-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460, bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. This entirely in-house developed and produced mechanism is adorned with hand finishes crafted in accordance with Geneva’s noblest Fine Watchmaking traditions.
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Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Dove”
Special Model for “Only Watch 2011”
Caliber: 2460 SC, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter: 26.20 mm (11 lignes ¼ )
Movement thickness: 3.60 mm
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Number of components: 182
Indications : Hours, minutes and center seconds
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours
Case: 18K white gold, 40 mm diameter
Water-Resistance: 3 bar (about 30 meters)
Dial: 18K gold
Engraving with champlevé enameling
Red birds: translucide enameling
White birds: opalescent enameling
Gold birds: hand-guilloché
One bird set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx 0.08 carat
Strap: Black Mississippiensis alligator, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold buckle, polished half Maltese cross
Unique piece for “Only Watch” a charity auction sale organized by “AMM” (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophies) “Only Watch 2011” and “Pièce unique” engraved on caseback.