Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La légende du zodiaque

China, a country with which Vacheron Constantin has had a special relationship since 1845, created the art of Jianzhi, a technique of paper decoupage.

This form of folk art echoes in Swiss culture through the famous découpage Scherenschnitt.

This artistic approach, enhanced by the Métiers d’Art collection La légende du zodiaque Chinois, this year finds a new interpretation thanks to the savoir-faire of the master engravers and enamellers.

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A combination of art crafts

The leaf pattern visible on the dial is taken from classical Chinese iconography and is engraved directly into the metal.

The decoration remains semi-set and stands out on the gold base thanks to the delicate realization of more or less accentuated reliefs, which give an effect of depth, as if the leaves were floating on the dial.

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This phase is followed by Grand Feu enameling, an ancestral technique that only a few craftsmen still master.

Applying the enamel in successive layers, the enameler accentuates the intensity of the blue or bronze colors of the dial.

The full control of the colour and the cooking phase, which takes place between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius, requires the artist such experience that can only be acquired after several years. The rabbit, in platinum or rose gold, is hand-engraved before being gently applied to the center of the dial.

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The automatic caliber 2460 G4 has a 40-hour power reserve. Its 237 components come to life in a 31 mm diameter with a thickness of 6.05 mm. This movement is certified with the Hallmark of Geneva.

Vacheron Constantin – A calibre that leaves ample room for artistic expression

The 2460 G4 calibre offers ample decorative freedom, especially with regard to the central motif of the dial, which takes on a leading role.

The dial, without hands, indicates the hours, minutes, day of the week and the date through four windows.

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The automatic caliber 2460 G4 has a 40-hour power reserve. Its 237 components come to life in a 31 mm diameter with a thickness of 6.05 mm. This movement is certified with the Hallmark of Geneva.

These indications, the first two with continuous display, the other jumping, express all the savoir-faire of the House in the design and development of unique and original dials. Clearly visible through the sapphire crystal case back of the platinum or rose gold case, the 22 carat gold oscillating mass is embellished by the recurring decoration of a Maltese cross, a finish executed in line with the best watchmaking traditions.

All components of the movement meet the requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva, the prestigious quality mark of which Vacheron Constantin is the most loyal representative.

Vacheron Constantin Specifications

Case:

Platinum/rose gold
40 mm diameter, 12.72 mm thickness
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance tested at 3 bar pressure (about 30 meters)

Dial

Gold, hand-chiseled, enamelled Grand Feu Hand-chiseled rabbit in platinum/rose gold

Strap

Alligator leather Mississippiensis blue/dark brown with alligator lining, hand stitched, stitched,
large square scales

Clasp

Pink Platinum/Gold Half Cross Flap Clasp Polished Mortar

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