Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and passionate devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Artwork The legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the rooster. The latter will take over from that of the monkey on the Chinese New Yr on January 28th 2017. Bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, these two new creations, realised in twelve models each, mix the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the great thing about inventive crafts.
Paper-cutting, on the crossroads between Eastern and Western cultures
China, a nation with which Vacheron Constantin has been cultivating particular ties since 1845, first introduce the paper-cutting method generally known as Jianzhi, a preferred artwork echoed in Swiss tradition by way of its well-known Scherenschnitt paper-cutting. This inventive strategy, highlighted within the Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac, has been given a recent interpretation due to the experience of the grasp engravers and enamellers.
The foliage motif showing on the dial and based mostly on traditional Chinese iconography is etched straight within the steel.
Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, an ancestral method that is still the protect of a only a few notably expert artisans. By making use of the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist enhances the depth of the blue or bronze-toned dial. Reaching the required mastery of color and of reactions to firing at temperatures between 800 and 900 levels Celsius requires an experience that may solely be acquired over lengthy years of expertise. The rooster, product of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and delicately utilized to the dial centre.
A motion that leaves loads of house for creative expression
Caliber 2460 G4 makes it potential to create a particular and excellent stage-setting for the ornamental arts, by giving the central dial motif a starring position. The hands-free time show is achieved by way of 4 apertures displaying the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications – the primary two of the dragging selection and the final two of the leaping sort – proudly embody the longstanding savoir-faire of the Maison in designing and creating authentic shows. Clearly seen by way of the sapphire crystal again of the platinum or pink gold case, the 22-carat oscillating weight is adorned with a recurrent Maltese cross sample testifying to finishes carried out in step with the best watchmaking traditions. All motion parts are certainly finely completed in accordance with the standards of the Hallmark of Geneva, a high quality label of which Vacheron Constantin is essentially the most devoted consultant.