VACHERON CON­STANTIN

Esquire Singapore Watch Guide - - MERTIER D’ART -

DE­SCRIB­ING A VACHERON CON­STANTIN time­piece as pre­cise, metic­u­lous and exquisitely de­tailed doesn’t seem to do it jus­tice. See­ing the mai­son’s lat­est Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés col­lec­tion how­ever, might take us closer—the Swiss watch­maker’s aes­thetic ex­per­tise and tech­ni­cal know-how seem to be on full dis­play here. Vacheron Con­stantin draws from its rich his­tory and tra­di­tion to present watch lovers, col­lec­tors and con­nois­seurs with a new lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tion of 60 dec­o­ra­tive time­pieces, set to ri­val any in­ge­nious work of art.

This new col­lec­tion draws its ref­er­ences from the Aberdeen Bes­tiary, a 12th cen­tury English man­u­script which was renowned for its minia­ture il­lus­tra­tions and de­scrip­tions of myth­i­cal an­i­mals of­ten found in fa­bles and fairy tales. As if to re­flect the art of the book, Vacheron Con­stantin has also utilised the spe­cialised art of minia­tur­i­sa­tion in cre­at­ing the unique di­als of the col­lec­tion. This in­volves a com­plex tech­nique com­bin­ing the skills of scribes, painters and gilders to cre­ate a re­mark­able work of art on the in­finites­i­mally mi­nus­cule scale of a watch dial.

Like the beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions of the bes­tiary, the Vacheron Con­stantin’s Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés col­lec­tion per­fectly re­flects the beauty that can come from the artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions of dif­fer­ent master crafts­men—in this case, the watches com­bine orig­i­nal watch­mak­ing tech­niques with highly de­vel­oped artis­tic crafts. Painted on a shim­mer­ing gold back­ground us­ing the del­i­cate craft of Grand Feu enam­elling and the Genevan tech­nique of minia­ture paint­ing, the colours of ex­cep­tional hue and in­ten­sity—mainly blues and reds—are ren­dered ever more vivid, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the lines and the curves of the myth­i­cal an­i­mals de­picted in the Aberdeen Bes­tiary.

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