A new vision of time and art
• The latest addition to the Métiers d’Art collection: a subtle blend of graphic art and decorative techniques in Fine Watchmaking
• An exceptional alliance between the artistic crafts cultivated by the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin: engraving, enamelling, gemsetting and guilloché work
• A tribute to the graphic expression of the tessellations concept, with three models inspired by the work of the Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher
• A mechanical self-winding movement, entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, approved in accordance with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.
For over 250 years, Vacheron Constantin has been nurtured by a philosophy dedicated to highlighting our shared cultural heritage. The Métiers d’Art cultivated by the Manufacture serve as bridges spanning successive eras, by perpetuating sometimes neglected crafts with ancient origins. More specifically, the timepieces in the Métiers d’Art collection lie at the crossroads of past, present and future, and crystallise the human challenges that have forged and continue to nurture these skills from generation to generation.
Painting, engraving, sculpture and the decorative arts in general are worlds through which human talent and personality weave close ties with time. The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection conveys the brand’s deep-felt attachment to culture. The “Métiers d’Art – Les Masques” timepieces launched in partnership with the Barbier-Mueller Museum, as well as the “Métiers d’Art – Chagall & L’Opéra de Paris” and “Métiers d’Art – La Symbolique des Laques” series, all made their own contribution to a vision of time that requires the human touch in order to shine.
Offering a fresh illustration of this subtle alchemy, the “Métiers d’Art – Les Univers Infinis” series was also born from a determination to pay tribute to creativity, and lends Fine Watchmaking a whole new face that is both graphic and contemporary, stemming from a blend of mathematics and aesthetics. Inspired by the periodic paving technique known as “tessellation” – and in particular by the work of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher – the “Métiers d’Art – Les Univers Infinis” collection embodies several artistic arts exercised within the Manufacture: enamelling, gemsetting, engraving and guilloché work.
The dials reflect a sense of geometry, symbolism and motion, thereby suggesting an infinite juxtaposition of different universes. Meticulous work has been effected on the colour shades so that the various hues are harmoniously combined so as to enable the themes to intersect without superseding each other. The rendering is exceptional and elicits a wealth of emotions, with the traditional crafts applied to watch exteriors serving to reinterpret the selective paving technique and create an incredibly mesmerising effect.