Vacheron Constantin presents the new Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection
The "Métiers d'Art" collections by Vacheron Constantin enhance the craftsmanship of the master enamellers, engravers and setters who have worked at the prestigious Geneva factory since 1775. Today, as then, their mastery gives rise to real masterpieces of fine watchmaking.
The new Métiers d'Art collection has been called "Les Aérostiers" and pays homage to the crazy and courageous pilots of the balloons and their adventures. Works of art to wear on your wrist, just think that for each balloon it took three weeks of work. The dials are embellished with engravings with the ramolayé technique (bas-relief ornaments) which consists in eliminating the material to create relief effects combined with a plique-à-jour glazing that involves applying vitreous enamel in cells. The quality of the decorations is incredible and reproduces the smallest details of human figures and animals.
The splendid 40 mm white gold case of the watches from the Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers collection contains the 2460 G4 / 1 caliber, a self-winding movement with 40 hours of power reserve that allows perfect integration of the indications to the aesthetics of the dial.
This caliber does not require the use of the hands and the discs with the indications are visible through the windows along the edge of the bezel. The hours, minutes, day and date are indicated by 4 disks, the first 2 with continuous display, the other 2 with jumping display. Through the transparent back it is possible to admire the caliber and the oscillating mass in gold that recalls the shape of a hot-air balloon. The aesthetic realism of these watches certified by the Geneva Punch makes them collectible pieces destined to increase their value.
Each watch is a jewel of design and savoir-faire and is combined with a hand-stitched strap in blue, green, brown, dark blue or burgundy alligator leather, saddle finished and equipped with large square scales with deployant clasp in 18kt white gold.
Five limited edition watches inspired by as many experimental flights made in France between 1783 and 1785, but let's see them in detail.
Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers - Versailles 1783
The first balloon takes its name from the designer Étienne de Montgolfier. The experiment of the aerostatic flight involved the transport of a sheep, a rooster and a duck to demonstrate the presence of sufficient oxygen to survive at a given altitude. The basket and the suspended ropes are engraved in white gold and the damage of the landing is visible under the magnificent gold ball.
Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers - Paris 1783
Two microchipped travelers fly on this quadrant on this balloon designed by Étienne de Montgolfier. On the blue background the splendid hot-air balloon engraved in pink and white gold is surrounded by suns, lilies, garlands, signs, zodiacs and an eagle with wings spread out.
Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers - Paris 1784
The Blanchard pilot's flight is characterized by a device to direct the balloon's trajectory. On the dial you can clearly see the wing system built for this purpose.
Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers - Bordeaux 1784
Three passengers participated in this flight and the event had an epoch-making resonance. The hot air balloon reproduced with the finest details on the dial depicts an extraordinary variety of fabrics and decorations, including a mythological scene.
Métiers d'Art Les Aérostiers - Bagnols 1785
The white and yellow gold basket seems to hang on the plique-à-jour enamel of different shades of blue. Seven years later this canvas will be used to make garments of Republican volunteers.
Bedetti, the official Vacheron Constantin dealer, is waiting for you at its store in Piazza San Silvestro to show you all the novelties of this builder brand of eternity since 1755.
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