The Avenir Métiers d’Art – INMA (French National Institute of Artistic Crafts, Paris) prizes reward young people in training, future stakeholders in the economic life of these professions driven by passion and creativity, and encourage them to highlight their creativity as well as their know-how. This year, the first prize in the Avenir Métiers d’Art (future of artistic crafts) competition was awarded to the graduation project of the young engraver Corentin Ollivau and woodturner Clément Demarson, two final-year students at École Boulle.
Within the framework of the project jointly undertaken by Vacheron Constantin and École Boulle entitled “Métiers d’Art et design: échange d’expertise et de compétence” (Artistic crafts and design: sharing expertise and competence), the two students created an exceptional presentation box intended for a Vacheron Constantin watch, crafted in the purest artisan-style traditions of their respective arts: engraving and woodturning. Inspired by the city of Paris, the presentation box created by the tandem is made from multi-layered chequer tree wood (a cousin of the pear tree) and features a circular shape displaying an exceptional engraved map of the City of Light at its centre.
The sides of the presentation box conceal a drawer serving to store various tools, while the watch is revealed by means of an ingenious mechanism created using gear trains. The watch is thus highlighted on a platform at the centre of the presentation box, positioned above the engraved map of Paris. As Clément Demarson explains: “A closer look at the specific gestures involved and the ergonomics of this creation reveals a ritual in the use of this object that tells its own story”. This one-of-a-kind model will be exhibited at the Vacheron Constantin boutique on the Rue de la Paix in Paris.
The partnership between Vacheron Constantin and École Boulle, one of Europe’s largest art and design schools, provides an ideal framework for promoting and sharing competence in the domain of artistic crafts, and exchange competencies in the field of artistic crafts. The “Métiers d’Art et design: échange d’expertise et de compétence” (Artistic crafts and design: sharing expertise and competence), programme scheduled to run until 2017 consists in entrusting students with creative projects supervised and supported by the designers and craft masters of the Manufacture. The goal is to accompany future craft masters of fine artisanship in their education and training, and to initiate them into the world of Haute Horlogerie.
This partnership with École Boulle is part of the mandate of the Vacheron Constantin Institute for Human Capital and Crafts Development. Created in 2013, the Institute is designed to safeguard skills and attentively follow the work of the men and women who daily strive to perpetuate a name that has been writing some of the finest chapters in Haute Horlogerie for more than 260 years.