A new artistic craft making its first watchmaking appearance in a dialogue with Grand Feu enamelling.
The new Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection by Vacheron Constantin is an invitation to venture on a nocturnal quest above cities bubbling with creativity. On dials draped with an enamelled base in deep shades, a wide range of powders creates a bird’s-eye view miniature tableau of these sprawling urban expanses. Traditional Grand Feu champlevé enamelling mingles with handapplied precious powder, an art never yet used in Fine Watchmaking. The stunning and realistic beauty of these Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces opens up whole new artistic and imaginative horizons, where traditional skills are constantly nurtured by fresh influences. The Maison has dreamed up a dazzling encounter between two exceptional arts: Grand Feu champlevé enamelling, a knowledge passed on for almost three centuries by the Vacheron Constantin artisans; and hand-applied precious powder, a technique mastered by Japanese guest artist Yoko Imai.
This is the very first time that this technique has been used on a watch dial to which particles of gold, pearl, platinum and diamond powder are meticulously distilled one by one, endowing the enamel with exceptional radiance. The bright dots of light, placed with the greatest precision, compose a portrait of these broad and majestic urban landscapes. The light effects play across these amazingly realistic roads, rivers and distinguished landmarks. Certified by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières watches beat to the rhythm of a mechanical Manufacture Vacheron Constantin caliber graced with refined finishing, in accordance with traditional Fine Watchmaking techniques. The first three models in this new collection are dedicated to the nocturnal magic of Geneva, Paris and New York. This night-flight will soon continue over other cities.