Today we are investigating the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières assortment – and one model specifically – which indeed sees Vacheron Constantin utilizing its innovative muscles. Accessible only from Vacheron Constantin stores, the assortment is comprised of four references, three of which are committed to Paris, Geneva and New York individually, while the fourth is the recently declared Beijing model that is the focal point of our article today.
In English, Villes Lumières freely means ‘city lights’, which gives you some thought of what you can anticipate from this shocking arrangement. On the essence of things, the idea appears to be sufficiently straightforward: make an elevated perspective of a portion of the world’s most acclaimed urban areas around evening time and afterward reproduce this picture in small scale structure on the dial of a watch. For some different brands, it would be only that basic. Be that as it may, this is the Métiers d’Art from Vacheron Constantin we are discussing here, an assortment known for its staggering manifestations and meticulous tender loving care. For the craftsmans dealing with this venture, the word basic has been carefully taken out from their vocabularies.
Although you may not be colossally acquainted with the city of Beijing’s topography, a snappy look at the dial is everything necessary to realize that you are taking a gander at a great city with a pleased legacy. Vacheron Constantin has practiced its artistic freedom to feature especially significant landmarks and milestones of the Imperial City, like the Meridian Gate, the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Tian’anmen Square, which are completely outlined in gold. On the other hand, the Forbidden City, at the focal point of the dial has been deliberately repressed, giving it an additional demeanor of secret. The encompassing roads then component smatterings of light, giving the impression of a city that is continually illumined.
As stunning as the dial is in any case, it’s nothing compared to the measure of work that has gone into making it. As an initial step, the Vacheron Constantin ace enameller analyzed the prospects managed by champlevé, illustrating the states of the roads, gardens and stretches of water. Subsequent to emptying out the gold dial by hand as per the picked traces, progressive layers of clear shaded veneers were then applied. Between each covering, the dial was terminated at the amazingly high temperature of 850°C, permitting the powdered glass blended in with shading oxides to be dissolved, changed and afterward vitrified by cooling.
Next, Vacheron Constantin welcomed Japanese craftsman Yoko Imai to carry light to the lacquer dial. Prepared by the incomparable Japanese bosses, she has built up her own imaginative procedure: calligraphy-motivated artwork on material, roused by valuable powder. This is the first occasion when she has adjusted this interaction to the veneer of a watch dial, making a dazzling chiaroscuro impact. Utilizing a slim pointer, the powder particles are separately attached utilizing a procedure that stays a desirously watched secret. Each part is impeccably situated in its legitimate spot and there is no space for anything irregular or unnecessary. Every one of the powder spots is subsequently picked by its size and its gleam, at that point chipped away at from a few points and with different sorts of light, to guarantee improved brilliance and realism.
Tiny gold grains structure the brilliant background before precious stone and platinum powders are progressively applied to make sparkly and dim impacts, accentuated by pearl spangles. These particles come in differing shades and levels of iridescence, differentiating fabulously against the Grand Feu plated foundation. On the off chance that you look carefully you will see that the brilliance of the composition is more serious in the dial community and continuously mollifies towards the external edges of the dial. Requiring over 3 months to hand-create, each dial in the four-section assortment is special. Of course, Vacheron Constantin has likewise decided to incorporate an amplifying glass in the introduction box, permitting the new proprietor to respect the workmanship on the whole its superb detail.
Although it will without a doubt be hard to tear your eyes from the dial, in the event that you turn the watch over you will find the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding Caliber 2460 SC, obvious through a sapphire caseback. The primary thing to get your attention is the 22K gold wavering weight, which includes a finely executed beautification roused by the Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin signature token. Every one of the components, regardless of whether noticeable or covered up, is enhanced with completes created as per the best watchmaking abilities exemplified by slanting, roundabout graining and cleaning. As a last sign of value, all watches in the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières assortment are affirmed by the Hallmark of Geneva, demonstration of their exactness and reliability.
Presented in a 18K white gold case estimating 40mm in measurement and 8.9mm thick, the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Beijing Edition is an astounding show-stopper. Combined with a dark Mississippiensis gator calfskin lash with huge square scales and a crocodile inward shell, this is a watch for profoundly knowing gatherers. As a last touch, the name of the city, for this situation Beijing, is engraved on the caseback.
Technical specifications – Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Arts Villes Lumières Beijing Edition
- Case: 40 mm measurement x 8.9 mm stature – 18k white gold –sapphire gem on the front and on the back
- Dial: 18K gold – Grand Feu champlevé & clear lacquer – powder of valuable stones (jewels, pearl) & valuable metal (gold, platinum) – filled by hand
- Movement: Caliber 2460 SC – automatic winding –40h power save – 28,800 vibrations/h – 27 gems – hours, minutes, little seconds.
- Strap: croc calfskin lash, white gold collapsing buckle
- Reference: 86222/000G-B107 – Beijing
- Hallmark of Geneva guaranteed timepieces
- Only accessible in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques