Today we are investigating the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières assortment – and one model specifically – which indeed sees Vacheron Constantin utilizing its inventive muscles. Accessible solely from Vacheron Constantin stores, the assortment is comprised of four references, three of which are devoted to Paris, Geneva and New York separately, 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 dazzling 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 celebrated urban areas around evening time and afterward reproduce this picture in smaller than expected structure on the dial of a watch. For some different brands, it would be only that straightforward. In any case, this is the Métiers d’Art from Vacheron Constantin we are discussing here, an assortment known for its dazzling manifestations and meticulous scrupulousness. For the craftsmans dealing with this venture, the word basic has been carefully taken out from their vocabularies.
Although you may not be gigantically acquainted with the city of Beijing’s topography, a fast look at the dial is everything necessary to realize that you are taking a gander at an amazing city with a glad legacy. Vacheron Constantin has practiced its artistic freedom to feature especially significant landmarks and tourist spots of the Imperial City, like the Meridian Gate, the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Tian’anmen Square, which are completely outlined in gold. Alternately, the Forbidden City, at the focal point of the dial has been deliberately repressed, giving it an additional quality of secret. The encompassing roads in the mean time include smatterings of light, giving the impression of a city that is continually illumined.
As amazing 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 inspected the prospects managed by champlevé, laying out the states of the roads, gardens and stretches of water. Subsequent to emptying out the gold dial by hand as per the picked diagrams, progressive layers of clear hued polishes were then applied. Between each covering, the dial was terminated at the incredibly high temperature of 850°C, permitting the powdered glass blended in with shading oxides to be liquefied, changed and afterward vitrified by cooling.
Next, Vacheron Constantin welcomed Japanese craftsman Yoko Imai to carry light to the veneer dial. Prepared by the incomparable Japanese bosses, she has built up her own imaginative procedure: calligraphy-roused painting on material, propelled by valuable powder. This is the first occasion when she has adjusted this cycle to the polish of a watch dial, making a shocking chiaroscuro impact. Utilizing a meager pointer, the powder particles are separately attached utilizing a procedure that stays a desirously monitored secret. Each part is impeccably situated in its legitimate spot and there is no space for anything irregular or pointless. Every one of the powder spots is hence picked by its size and its sparkle, at that point chipped away at from a few points and with different kinds of light, to guarantee improved brilliance and realism.
Tiny gold grains structure the brilliant setting before precious stone and platinum powders are progressively applied to make glossy and dull impacts, interspersed by pearl spangles. These particles come in shifting shades and levels of iridescence, differentiating stupendously 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-make, each dial in the four-section assortment is one of a kind. Of course, Vacheron Constantin has likewise decided to incorporate an amplifying glass in the introduction box, permitting the new proprietor to respect the workmanship taking all things together its radiant 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 main thing to grab your attention is the 22K gold wavering weight, which includes a finely executed embellishment enlivened by the Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin signature image. Every one of the components, regardless of whether obvious or covered up, is enhanced with completes made as per the best watchmaking abilities exemplified by inclining, roundabout graining and cleaning. As a last characteristic of value, all watches in the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières assortment are confirmed by the Hallmark of Geneva, demonstration of their accuracy 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 amazing show-stopper. Combined with a dark Mississippiensis crocodile calfskin lash with enormous square scales and a gator inward shell, this is a watch for exceptionally 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 precious stone 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 hold – 28,800 vibrations/h – 27 gems – hours, minutes, little seconds.
- Strap: gator cowhide tie, white gold collapsing buckle
- Reference: 86222/000G-B107 – Beijing
- Hallmark of Geneva affirmed timepieces
- Only accessible in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques