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.