Every member of the Vacheron Constantin family knows the enthusiasm required for the production of high-end watches, because without enthusiasm, there will be no requirements. Although the attic artisans have become a history of nostalgia, the attic artisan workbench displayed in the lobby of Vacheron Constantin’s headquarters seems to bring back the glory more than 250 years ago. Today, with the dedicated work of each watchmaker and craftsman, the brand’s unwavering watchmaking spirit and outstanding and immortal production technology are displayed. For more than 250 years, each employee of Vacheron Constantin’s enthusiasm and belief in the pursuit of excellence has become the driving force for the long-term development of the brand. At the same time, passing on and inheriting the spirit of the founders and predecessors, Vacheron Constantin brings more people the joy of sharing time. Vacheron Constantin is convinced that time is also a form of memory. Persistence in faith and dreams are one of the brand’s iconic qualities. Vacheron Constantin has always paid attention to the inheritance and development of watchmaking technology, especially the production technology that can show artistic beauty, including enamel, carving, machine-engraved pattern and gem setting, etc. all professional decoration technology for watchmaking. The development of the brand continues to this day through the creation of art-grade work on the wrist. There is no doubt that only a few master watchmakers have mastered these craftsmanship.
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’ Art Master Series
In 2004, Vacheron Constantin launched the ‘Explorer Series’ limited timepieces, which gave birth to the Métiers d’ Art master series. This collection reflects the brand’s determination to apply traditional watchmaking techniques to the production of high-end watches. The ‘Explorer Series’ is the culmination of a collaboration between watchmakers and enamel artisans. Each of them has its own strengths, combining traditional and modern watchmaking techniques, and injecting the pursuit of art, creating stunning watch works in both mechanical and aesthetic terms. The dial uses an intricate and ancient ‘high-temperature open flame’ enamel process, with a specially made automatic winding movement, to display the time in an enviable way.
Jiang Stanton ‘Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques’ watch series
Limited edition: 20 sets are released each year, each set contains three watches of Songhe, Meiying and Zhuque
Case: 4N 18K rose gold or 18K white gold case
Diameter: 40 mm
Function: hour and minute display
Dial: Japanese-style dill painting technical face plate
Movement: Hollow 14K gold 1003 SQ bracelet movement
Kinetic energy: 30 hours reserve
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator leather strap with half Maltese cross buckle
The “Les Masques Masks” watch series of the Métiers d’ Art master series (the first mask watch was released in 2007) also perfectly embodies the decoration craftsmanship and clock technology. This timepiece showcases the skills and production experience of watchmaking masters and sculpting craftsmen. They lead people through time and space, explore the roots of humanity, and express the essence of soul in a unique and beautiful way.
The ‘Métiers d’ Art Les Masques Mask’ watch series launched by Vacheron Constantin and the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva not only strengthens the brand’s belief, but also proves the importance of culture and art and excellent watchmaking technology. This cross-disciplinary collaboration subtly blends watchmaking and decorative arts with a low-key presentation of Vacheron Constantin’s core values: excellence, innovation, openness, respect for tradition, and shared enthusiasm. Today, Vacheron Constantin is bold again and is about to launch a new ‘Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques’ watch series. It will be completed in Japan, and for the first time, part of the production process will be completed outside Geneva. In fact, the mysterious maki-e is from the traditional lacquer decoration process of ancient Japan.
Vacheron Constantin’s design department has long conceived a combination of lacquer painting and watchmaking, but it has not been able to find a suitable brand that can spark out until the emergence of the Kyoto brand Zôhiko with the same concept. It was the bold innovation of the mask series and the marriage of art and craftsmanship that made Xiang Yan actively contact Vacheron Constantin in the autumn of 2007, expressing his desire for cooperation. Opportunity and luck play an important role together, and cooperation can only be achieved if they have the same preferences and values. Just like Vacheron Constantin and Xiang Yan’s instant hit comes from the respect and persistence of the two parties for their culture, craftsmanship and traditional arts. Vacheron Constantin has a long history from 1755, and Xiang Yan, founded in 1661, has more than 100 years of history than Vacheron Constantin. Both have 600 years of professional experience and knowledge.
Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques watch with built-in hollow 14K gold 1003 SQ bracelet movement, ruthenium-plated, developed by Vacheron Constantin, cast ‘Geneva mark’, the thickness of the movement is 1.64 mm, diameter 20.80 mm, 18 gems, 18,000 vibrations per hour. Loyal to the spirit of the Métiers d’Art series, the ‘symbolique des laques’ watch series will be launched in 3 years with different themes, each year a set of 3 new watches, limited to 20 sets . Each watch has a different theme, including a vast and profound treasure trove of traditional art from the Far East. Each design idea comes from an animal, a plant, or a mineral; they themselves have a certain meaning or blend with others: a fetish or historical hero with a combination of animals, animals and plants, a combination of plants and fictional or abstract traits and many more. These designs are derived from various materials such as literary works, poetry or legends. In watch production, Vacheron Constantin has selected 1003 model, 14K white gold hollow ultra-thin mechanical movement. In order to highlight the harmony of the watch and the exquisite dill painting process, Vacheron Constantin even uses ruthenium plating to soften the natural luster of gold and create a noble and elegant effect. Sapphire crystal glass allows people to appreciate the exquisite decorative patterns, especially the bevel cutting process completed by the brand in the Geneva plant. At the same time, the simple lines of the round case exude a subtle and pure feeling, echoing the Zen in the “Métiers d’ Art La symbolique des laques” watch series. The first set is based on the theme of ‘Three Friends of the Old Cold’ symbolized by pine, bamboo and plum. These three have passed from China to Japan at an early age, and are as popular with Japanese as they are in China. Because the three plants can withstand the cold weather, ‘Three Friends of the Old Cold’ stands for longevity, meaning friendship that can stand up to adversity. Pine trees are highly regarded for their longevity, strength, and longevity in winter. Bamboo is known as a gentleman who can adapt to the new environment without giving up his ideals; even if he has gone through the weather, he will not lose himself. The reason why plum blossoms are admired is that even in the cold winter, it still takes the lead in flowering and is the longest-lived fruit tree. In Chinese and Japanese culture, one should learn the spirit of ‘pine-like strength, bamboo-like firmness, and plum-like purity.’
Combination of pine, bamboo and plum with crane, bird and warbler
The long-lived pine trees and white cranes are reminiscent of years of experience; the bamboo matches the finches, and the endless energy of the finches symbolizes the rising vitality of the bamboo; in the end, the plum blossoms are paired with nightingales, because the two greet spring with flowers and singing Returning to the earth symbolizes spring to return to the earth.
Vacheron Constantin and Xiang Yan carefully selected these three pairs of patterns, each of which is a double-sided design, using a dill painting process. Many hidden places of Japanese lacquerware, such as the box price, but the bottom of the watch are also decorated. Vacheron Constantin painted the front of the watch with a plant pattern according to the Japanese tradition, and the bottom of the watch is an animal design.
First paragraph: Matsu to tsuru (松松 鹤)
Pine trees are very popular in Japan because of their materials and curved shapes, but from art and literary works, this is really a traditional plant from China. Pine is an evergreen tree, so it stands for longevity and permanence. Whether it is Chinese or Japanese art, it is regarded as a blessing tree. It also represents cold resistance and the new year, and is an important symbol of longevity and eternal life. Like the pine tree, the crane also symbolizes longevity and noble elegance. Like the phoenix, it is the most mysterious bird in Eastern legends. It is said that cranes can live for thousands of years, but once they reach 600, they only drink cold water for a living. In addition, when it reached the age of two thousand, the clean white feathers turned black. In Taoist mythology, cranes are heavenly messengers of eternal people. In addition to its fabulous image, the Japanese are also attracted by its elegant and beautiful feathers. In winter, the Japanese are very much looking forward to the coming of the crane once a year, and even regard it as a sign of bringing wealth. Because of this, the crane was protected by the royal family and only for the emperor’s appreciation. Hunting was strictly prohibited until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
The second paragraph: Bamboo and bird (Take to suzume)
In the Taoist and even Buddhist traditions, the tubular structure in the bamboo symbolizes ’emptiness’. For example, ‘Tao’ comes from the air and goes to the air. This air or space also represents the principle of tolerance and enlightenment. Bamboo is both flexible and firm, but can be flexed but not easily broken, representing a character of integrity. Although bamboo does not last as long as pine, it also represents longevity. A single bamboo shoot cannot survive for a long time, but the entire bush can be generated by a single bamboo shoot. Similarly, bamboo will die after it blooms, but some bamboos will only bloom once every 100 years, even if they say that their life span is quite long.
Bamboo bushes especially attract sparrows to fly to build nests. Although sparrows are active and noisy, they are regarded as a representative of loyalty in Japan. They sing ‘唧, 唧, 唧’ all day long, which means ‘loyalty, loyalty, loyalty!’ In Japanese, so in the legend, the sparrow often represents loyalty and responsibility. The pairing of bamboo and sparrow also often appears in Zen paintings. Among them, bamboo represents the awakening of the soul and the release of worldly concerns, and the sparrow represents spontaneity and joy of life.
Paragraph 3: Ume to uguisu 梅 と 鸴
Plum blossoms are known for their fineness and blooming in winter. Its faint floral fragrance exudes in the winter, reminding people of the coming of spring. Although the plum trees and flowers are not magnificent, their relaxed and refined qualities bring a touch of loneliness to the winter. Therefore, plum blossoms represent inner beauty and humility. The combination of plum blossoms and nightingales comes from Japanese culture. Both are ambassadors for the Spring: The first song of the Nightingale is called ‘hatsune’, the first song of the year. Plum blossoms and nightingales often appear in art and poetry. They are more often associated with snow, because plum blossoms often open early, so snowflakes are often stained on plum blossom petals.