On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of “Friends of Paris Opera”, the horological company Vacheron Constantin has released its one-of-a-kind watch - the Metiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opera de Paris. A highlight of the collection “Tribute to Famous Composers”, this novelty demonstrates an enviable level of mastery, accomplished in miniature “Grand Feu” enamel painting techniques.
In 1963, Marc Chagall, a Russian-born artist, was invited to repaint the 220 square meter ceiling of the Paris Opera, also known as Palais Garnier. It took him a year to complete this challenging assignment.
The intensive work resulted in a true masterpiece, which honored the greatest composers. The artist divided the ceiling into five sections, each exposing a dominant color - blue, green, white, yellow and red.
The peerless artisans within the watch manufacture invested over three and a half months of painstaking effort in reproducing Chagall’s entire artwork in miniature on an enamel dial with a diameter equal to 31 mm. They utilized the aforementioned traditional Genevan technique known as ”Grand Feu”, characterized by miniature painting on enamel.
The display of the new Metiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opera de Paris watch focuses on the essential, that is, displaying just hours, minutes and seconds. A true piece of art, the dial is gently hugged by a trim polished gold bezel.
The bezel, in its turn, is skillfully incorporated into a yellow gold case, which measures 40 mm in diameter. It is equipped with an elegant time-setting crown and appealing lugs. Inside the case is beating a self-winding caliber 2460 movement.
The exquisiteness of the new Vacheron Constantin watch is emphasized by a dark-toned leather strap.