In order to continue the fiery exchange between brands and collectors and fine watchmaking enthusiasts, Vacheron Constantin presents the latest Métiers d’Art master é The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series Praise-Year of the Monkey. February 8, 2016 is the Chinese Spring Festival, when the year of the sheep will be welcomed to usher in the year of the monkey. The two latest works launched on this occasion are limited to twelve, both engraved with the Geneva mark, highlighting the excellence of the 2460 G4 movement. Technical performance and the endless elegance of Vacheron Constantin’s arts and crafts.
Paper-cutting technology, the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures
Since 1845, Vacheron Constantin has established a special friendship with China. The Chinese paper-cut art is similar to the famous Scherenschnitt in Swiss culture. This craftsmanship has also become the highlight of Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’ Art master é The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series. With the cooperation of master sculptors and enamel masters, the series has been given a new interpretation.
Integration of many arts and crafts
The leaf decorative pattern on the dial is derived from the classic Chinese pattern, carved directly on the gold dial. The pattern is semi-embedded and carefully combined through reliefs of different depths to create a deep depth effect. The highlighted plants seem to be suspended above the dial. The integration of many arts and crafts through the leaves The decorative patterns on the dial are derived from classic Chinese patterns and carved directly on the gold dial. The pattern is semi-embedded and carefully combined through reliefs of different depths to create a deep depth effect. The highlighted plants seem to be suspended above the dial.
Integration of many arts and crafts
The leaf decorative pattern on the dial is derived from the classic Chinese pattern, carved directly on the gold dial. The pattern is semi-embedded and carefully combined through reliefs of different depths to create a deep depth effect. The highlighted plants seem to be suspended above the dial.
This is followed by the Great Fire Enamel stage. The Daming fire enamel craftsmanship originated in Geneva, and so far only a few artisans are proficient. By using several layers of enamel glaze, the enamel master further highlights the visual tension of the blue or bronze dial. When the enamel dial is fired at 800 to 900 degrees Celsius, the color of the glaze and the reaction generated by the firing must be strictly controlled, which requires the master of enamel to have a professional inference ability, and this ability takes several years to fully master. The hand-carved platinum or gold monkey motif is delicately set in the center of the dial.
Movement that reserves ample space for artistic creation
The 2460 G4 movement provides an ingenious and ideal stage for the art deco design of the watch, making the pattern in the center of the dial the protagonist. The dial has no hands to display the time, and the hour, minute, day of the week and date are displayed through four display windows. The first two displays are sliding, and the last two are skipped. This original display is designed and produced by Vacheron Constantin, which perfectly shows the brand’s classic and timeless excellence. Through the transparent sapphire crystal case back on the back of the platinum or pink gold case, you can clearly appreciate the 22K gold pendant in the movement. The pendant is decorated with the Maltese cross pattern of the brand’s historic symbol, which shows the superb watchmaking skills Heritage. All parts are finely polished to meet the exacting requirements of the Geneva mark, and Vacheron Constantin is the most faithful representative of this certification.
Métiers d’ ArtThe Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac Legend û Series of 2016 é Year of the Monkey û
86073 / 000P-8972-Platinum
86073 / 000R-8971 – 18K 5N pink gold
Seal engraved in Geneva
Available only at Vacheron Constantin stores
Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures itself
Automatic mechanical movement
31 mm in diameter (11’’¼), thickness 6.05 mm
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
Hour, minute, day of the week and date display
Platinum / 18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thickness
Case back with transparent sapphire crystal
Pass 3 bar atmospheric pressure test (about 30 meters)
18K gold, hand-carved and big fire enamel
Hand-carved platinum / 18K 5N gold monkey
Dark blue / brown double-sided Mississippi alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, riding stitching, large square
Platinum / 18K 5N Pink Gold Folding Clasp
Polished Half Maltese Cross
Comes with a calibration pen, a magnifying glass, a brochure showing the superb craftsmanship and superb technology behind the work
Limited edition of 12 pieces each
Each case is engraved with the word ‘2016’