Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Rat

By rolex
April 25, 2021
3 min read

Chinese New Year commences on 25 January 2020 and as per the Chinese zodiac, this implies we are entering the rule of the Year of the Rat (metal rat, to be exact) supplanting the pig . The rat is the principal creature in the Chinese Zodiac and is related with numerous positive characteristics like insight, imperativeness, achievement, plenitude and riches. Indeed, Vacheron Constantin commissions its gifted group of craftsmans to make an exceptional dial for the upcoming Year of the Rat. Two new manifestations in platinum or 18k pink gold, restricted to only 12 models each, fete the appearance of the favorable rat. Fueled by the type 2460 G4, the dial has no hands and rather includes four openings for the day of the week, the date, the time and the minutes leaving the all important focal point to the creature star of the 2020 Chinese zodiac.

Chinese society workmanship meets Métiers d’Art

The elegant portrayal of various creatures in the Chinese Zodiac is becoming something of a practice at Vacheron Constantin, to such an extent that there is even a sub-assortment in the Métiers d’Art family known as The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac. As a prominently Swiss watchmaker in custom and taste, Vacheron needed to instill its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac models with a more oriental soul and took inspiration from the Chinese specialty of paper cutting (jianzhi). This millenary society workmanship, which includes cutting multifaceted examples into flimsy pieces of paper, is personally connected with Chinese celebrations and the red paper slices are utilized to trim entryways, windows, dividers and lamps.

Instead of scissors, ace etchers have carved themes of Chinese foliage straightforwardly in the gold metal before the Grand Feu lacquer is applied to the surface. Many more than one layer of blue or earthy colored polish is applied and heated until the correct power is accomplished. The superstar, the rat, is hand-engraved in either platinum or pink gold and applied to the dial. The exact hide of the rat, his hooks, his stubbles and even his bald tail are caught to perfection.

Case and movement

Both the platinum and the 18k 5N pink gold cases share a 40mm distance across, a case tallness of 12.74mm and cleaned surfaces. The caseback, made of sapphire precious stone, uncovers Vacheron’s self-winding type 2460 G4, which controls the first sans hands show: the hours are appeared in an opening at 11 o’clock, the minutes at 2 o’clock, the date at 5 o’clock and the day of the week at 7 o’clock. The hour and minutes advance on hauling circles while the day and date are on hopping plates. The openworked 22k gold rotor includes the mark Maltese cross and the decorations of the development are refined, with regards to the Hallmark of Geneva confirmation. Wavering at 28,800vph/4 Hz, the development has a force save of 40 hours.

The Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Rat comes with a hand-sewed dull blue or earthy colored croc leather tie to coordinate the dial and a platinum or pink gold collapsing fasten. Restricted to 12 pieces in each metal, the watches are just accessible at Vacheron Constantin Boutiques. More subtleties on vacheron-constantin.com .