Vacheron Constantin Amazes with Metiers d'Art Chagall and l'Opera de Paris Watch

Nov 29, 2010
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.

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