It took four years for Vacheron Constantin to complete a total of 12 Métiers d ‘Art Chagall & Opéra de Paris and Paris Opera sets. Each micro-painted enamel watch is limited to one worldwide. One of the Ravel ‘Duffney and Croy’ watches arrived in Taiwan in mid-May and is immediately treasured by Taiwanese collectors.
As a sponsor of the Paris National Opera, Vacheron Constantin shares with him precise, innovative and amazing art. Its superb craftsmanship and extraordinary aesthetics are the result of the efforts of many art colleagues. To commemorate the cooperation between the two parties, Vacheron Constantin launched 12 extraordinary and unique watch works over 4 years to pay tribute to the great composers. The watch dial is inspired by the timeless decorative frescoes on the dome of the Palais Garnier (also part of the Paris Opera House) by Marc Chagall. The unique Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris watch is a model of outstanding watchmaking craftsmanship in art history, embodies Vacheron Constantin’s persistent adherence to technical craftsmanship.
The first watch of the Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris collection was unveiled at a gala held at the Opera Garnier on November 20, 2010 to celebrate the establishment of the Paris Opera and Ballet Association (AROP) 30th Anniversary. This watch uses a long history of high-temperature open flame enamel technology to truly reproduce the entire dome mural created by Chagall.
The first watch was unveiled at a party held at the Opera Garnier on November 20, 2010 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Paris Opera and Ballet Association (AROP). This watch uses a long history of high-temperature open flame enamel technology to truly reproduce the entire dome mural created by Chagall. The gold case with a 31.50 mm diameter dial condenses an actual 200-square-meter masterpiece into a limited dial space, which is truly amazing. This dial is also retained in the heritage series.
The watch dial is inspired by the timeless decorative frescoes on the dome of the Palais Garnier (also part of the Paris Opera House) by Marc Chagall.
The other 11 watches will feature the original composer portrayed in the chapel dome mural. Peter Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, Adolphe Adam’s romantic ballet ‘Giselle’, Modest Moussorgski’s opera ‘Boris ‧Boris Goudonov ‘, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera’ The Magic Flute ‘, Richard Wagner’s’ Tristan and Isolde ‘ ) ‘, Romeo and Juliet by Hector Berlioz, and the opera’ Pelia and Melissant (Rameau and Claude Débussy) ‘ Pelleas and Mélisande ‘, Ravel’s’ Daphnis et Chloé ‘, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet’ The Firebird ‘, The works of Verdi, Beethoven, Gluck, Bizet and others will be reproduced in the magical hand of the master of enamel.
Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris pays tribute to Ravel’s Daphne and Croy
The watch is made of high-temperature open flame micro-painted enamel, a Geneva craftsmanship that has been passed down for hundreds of years and is only mastered by a few craftsmen. Ravel’s work shines in Chagall’s works. The main color is red, and the simple 40mm polished gold case brings the painted image to life. The micro-painted enamel craftsmanship is made by hand, with exquisite workmanship, meticulous rigor, and infinite patience, which explains the essence of Ravel’s original work. ‘Daphne and Croy’ is a ballet based on the musical of the same name and premiered by the Russian Ballet in Paris in 1912. The birth of this work is a valuable legacy of Vacheron Constantin’s loft craftsmanship. It is highly valued by Vacheron Constantin. The pursuit of refined craftsmanship is also reflected in the design of the back case of the watch. A tribute to Chacar.
‘Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris’ watch series-a tribute to Ravel and his book ‘Duffny and Croix’, model 86090 / 000J-9784, 18K Gold case, 40 mm diameter, high-temperature open flame enamel micro-painting process, the pattern of the watch dial is inspired by the eternal decorative frescoes on the dome of the Garnier Opera House by Marc Chagall, hours, minutes , Central Second Hand, 2460 self-winding movement, developed by Vacheron Constantin, cast with the ‘Geneva Mark’, a power reserve of about 40 hours, water resistance of 30 meters, black hand-made square alligator leather strap, limited to one worldwide, Available only at Vacheron Constantin stores.
As the heart of the watch, the 2460 self-winding movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin is used. Such a dazzling watch deserves to be equipped with a perfect movement: in addition to its outstanding reliability, it also has a prestigious Geneva mark, proving that the watch is a finely crafted masterpiece, adhering to the fineness of Geneva’s fine watchmaking Tradition.
Miniature paintings created by high-temperature open flame enamel in Geneva: a daunting and daunting artistic challenge
Enamel craft first appeared on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and was often used to decorate gold jewelry and jewelry in ancient times. In the 15th century, watchmakers began to use enamel to decorate clocks and developed into mature craftsmanship in Geneva. Local artisans continued to improve technology, invent new methods, and continuously raise the level of art. There are mainly four forms: champlevé, Transparent enamel (flinqué), cloisonné, and painted enamelling.
“ Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris ” watch series with 2460 automatic movement
The Métiers d’Art Chagall & L’Opéra de Paris series mainly adopts the high-temperature open flame enamel process, which is one of the oldest and most outstanding traditional high-end watchmaking processes. The high temperature open flame enamel used in the Geneva watchmaking process has an extremely high melting point, between 800 ° C and 900 ° C, so it has unparalleled purity and durability.
There are only a handful of artisans in this world who are proficient in this technique, and Vacheron Constantin has spared no effort in studying this technique. There is no doubt that this traditional craft requires consistent adherence to standards. This is the basic premise that must be adhered to, just like the people in the Middle Ages who dealt with colored manuscripts required a great deal of attention and patience. Only the most professional top enamel masters can provide the Geneva painted enamel craft with protective coating. On a dial with a thickness of 1 mm and a diameter of 31.5 mm, the craftsman will first apply a layer of white enamel, which has an extremely hard texture due to its extremely high melting point. The dial is first fired at a high temperature of about 900 ° C so that it can withstand subsequent furnace firing processes.
The craftsman uses the white enamel substrate as the ‘background canvas’, uses a brush made of two or three mink hairs to trace the outline of various patterns, and then uses a magnifying glass with a higher multiple to reproduce the overall atmosphere and Emotional fluctuations. This requires the use of selected colors to delicately outline consecutive points in precise order, gradually progressing from softer colors to pure and beautiful colors. The ultra-fine powders and pigments used in painted enamel need to be mixed with oils such as lily oil to improve its ductility. After about 20 high-temperature firings from 800 ° C to 850 ° C, the paint is finally formed. In these steps, the heat makes the color glassy and gradual, making it more dazzling and intense. The experience of the enamelist plays a decisive role. The firing times must be precisely calculated according to the type and quantity of the material, and the precise firing time is an important secret kept by each craftsman. Any errors can occur before the last process is completed, because the enamel is extremely fragile, sometimes even difficult to melt, and cracks can occur each time it is removed from the furnace. Therefore, the cooling process requires great patience from the artisan to avoid fatal damage to the enamel due to the pressure caused by the sudden drop in temperature. Any small mistake can lead to irreparable losses, forcing craftsmen to start from scratch. After finishing the painted enamel process for the last firing (high temperature of 800 ° C), two to three layers of processing flux containing transparent enamel are usually applied to prevent signs of aging of the finished product. Then use whetstone for fine grinding and polishing, and then perform the final vitrification treatment and polishing treatment in order to give the work a dazzling and dynamic light.
‘Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris’ watch series-a tribute to Ravel and his book ‘Duffny and Croix’, model 86090 / 000J-9784, 18K Gold case, 40 mm diameter, high-temperature open flame enamel micro-painting process, the pattern of the watch dial is inspired by the eternal decorative frescoes on the dome of the Garnier Opera House by Marc Chagall, hours, minutes The central second hand is a 2460 self-winding movement developed by Vacheron Constantin. It is cast with the ‘Geneva Mark’, has a power reserve of about 40 hours, is water-resistant to 30 meters, and has a black hand-made square alligator leather strap. There is only one worldwide limit. Available at Vacheron Constantin stores.
Vacheron Constantin is one of only a few watchmakers who can make such exquisite and complex enamel dials. Enamel craftsmanship requires meticulous rigor and infinite patience. Only talented craft masters can afford the artistic challenges. As the guardian of the oldest and most precious traditional Geneva watchmaking craftsmanship, Vacheron Constantin will unswervingly carry forward this priceless art and craft treasure.