Vacheron Constantin introduces new addition to the Métiers d’Art collection – The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – a series of timepieces based on the 12-year cycle. The sign of the goat will take over from the horse on February 19th 2014. To mark this occasion, Vacheron Constantin presents two new watches.
Chinese art of paper-cutting or Jianzhi that is echoed in Scherenschnitt, the popular art of paper-cutting born in the Pays d’Enhaut, Switzerland. Sculpted in paper according to the principles of Jianzhi, the animals of the Chinese zodiac provide a remarkable demonstration of the art of using full and empty spaces. A challenge that Vacheron Constantin has translated into the field of watchmaking. Engravers and enamellers have worked in pairs on the Year of the Goat, models crafted in pink gold or platinum and issued in two 12-piece limited series exclusively available through Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.
The leaf motif appearing on the dial and originating from classic Chinese iconography, is etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuated reliefs creating a depth effect. The raised honeysuckle flowers appear to be floating over the dial. The details of the the fleece of engraved goat measure a mere fraction of a millimetre. Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, a technique invented in Geneva. By applying the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist enhances the visual intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. A final ￼layer of enamel is then applied before a final firing operation that vitrifies the dial and lends a shiny glazed effect that gives added definition to the floral motif.
Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection owes its superb scope for expressing the decorative arts notably to Calibre 2460 G4. In keeping with its tradition, Vacheron Constantin perpetuates the art of watchmaking by providing a hands-free display of time through four windows respectively revealing the hour, the minutes, the day and the date. The first two indications are of the dragging kind and the last two of the jumping type, and each appears through one of the four apertures arranged around the central dial motif. Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the mechanical self-winding movement is equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a dynamic geometrical motif inspired by the shape of the Maltese Cross, the historical House emblem. All its parts are treated to finishing that meets the criteria laid down by the Hallmark of Geneva – one of the highest tokens of horological craftsmanship created in 1886. This requirement now applies to the entire timepiece, which is duly certified by the Hallmark of Geneva.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection – The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
86073/000P-9890 – Platinum
86073/000R-9889 – Pink gold
Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac 2015, year of the goat
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques
2460 G4 – developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
31.00 mm (11’’’ 1⁄4) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours power reserve 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
237 components, 27 jewels
Hours, minutes, date and month in apertures
Platinum 950 / 18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
18K gold dial, hand-engraved and Grand Feu enamelled
Hand-engraved platinum 950 / 18K 5N gold goat
Dark blue / Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Platinum 950 / 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp Half Maltese cross-shaped
Delivered with a corrector pen, a magnifying glass and a dedicated brochure
Limited edition of 12 pieces for each model
“2015” engraved on the back of each timepiece