Only Watch 2015 charity event will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on November 7. In support of the watch, Vacheron Constantin reinterpreted the Métiers d’Art master Mécaniques Ajourées watch, with red enamel on the dial Circles, adding visual characteristics. This design combines two areas that developed in the same direction at the end of the 19th century: architecture and watchmaking. The new model uses Vacheron Constantin’s outstanding 4400 movement, with a clear and transparent, perfect arched structure, which fully embodies the art of sculpting like a sculpture. It can not help but reminiscent of the large European railway station during the golden age of the industrial revolution. The sculpting craftsman combines the skills and techniques of the sculptor to show the lighting effects due to the three-dimensional structure, as well as another artistic technique: the Great Fire Enamel Craft.
A quest for history
Vacheron Constantin’s first fully-engraved movement appeared in 1924, but in fact, the first watch manufactured by the brand’s founder Jean-Marc Vacheron as early as 1755 had been equipped with an engraved balance wheel plywood, confirming that the brand has been a pioneer in this field . Since then, Vacheron Constantin has been pursuing the transparency of machinery and producing more and more detailed parts. After the pocket watch, the brand began to develop carved parts for the watch in 1960, such as making carved movements for complex timers with minute repeater, perpetual calendar and tourbillon. There are even ultra-thin versions. Technology advances to a higher level.
Despite the passage of time, Vacheron Constantin’s thirst for innovation persists. The brand’s new watch is reminiscent of the arched doors and windows and the smooth ribbed vaults of the Gothic architecture in the old railway station. The sculptor-like sculpting technique, combined with different arcs to form a three-dimensional structure filled with light, has made this art work ingenious.
A new milestone in carving art
The engraving movement is a difficult art. It is required to hollow out the material of the movement as much as possible and carefully ensure the smooth operation of the timepiece. In order to show the unique charm of the carving art, watchmakers usually start a long process of conception, design and molding on the existing solid movement. And this Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées watch is no exception. The 4400SQ hand-winding engraved movement took hundreds of hours to be carefully crafted to achieve a transparent aesthetic and practical function. Perfect balance. Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers and craftsmen not only emptied nearly half the area of the original solid 4400 movement, but also faced another challenge: to add a three-dimensional light and shadow effect in architectural aesthetics to this brand-new engraved movement. To accomplish this task, they set a new milestone in ancient hand-carved art. Instead of sawing off the smooth main board and bridge board with a miniature handsaw before cornering, the engraving technician chose to slowly and carefully cut along the entire circumference to form a truly three-dimensional sculpture. Drawing inspiration from the vaults of the 19th-century train station, the master watchmaker meticulously carved the fine arches on the movement with his carving knife on the curved building. These arched shapes completely subvert the straight lines of the engraving movement, condensing more complex chamfering techniques and manual polishing processes. At the tiny inner corners, only human hands can create clever staggered textures, so that the polished area can capture more light, while the hand-polished matte-finished surface more and more sets off the crystal clearness of the polished area. The ingenious combination of different hand-polishing techniques brings out the relief effect of the engraved skeleton. The engraving process of the skeleton of the movement alone takes at least three days to inject unique charm into the movement.
When art flowers bloom
Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’ Art master Mécaniques Ajourées watch not only uses extraordinary contemporary craftsmanship to reproduce the essence of traditional hand-carved art, but the great fire enamel technique that Vacheron Constantin specializes in further sublimates the artistic expression of this watch. Vacheron Constantin’s enamelist is full of talents, using enamel glaze to draw decorative circles on the periphery of the movement carefully, a little carelessness will destroy the overall beauty of the ring pattern, so the technician’s painting skills are required to be perfect. In pursuit of perfection and refinement, the enamel technicians face a more difficult challenge in the painting process: pay tribute to the King of Monaco with the deep red fired by the large fire enamel. They chose to show the unique beauty of this color flawlessly. The enamel master needs to create a completely smooth and uniform surface to avoid any air bubbles generated in the burning enamel.
This large fire flame enamel ring is reminiscent of the retro charm of a central clock carved with Roman numerals in a large European train station at the end of the 19th century, contrasting with the carved movement bearing the architectural aesthetics. The ONLY WATCH mark at 3 o’clock on the dial represents Vacheron Constantin’s support for this charity event organized by the Monaco Yacht Show, the Philip Watch Department and the Monaco Muscular Atrophy Association.
A watch engraved with the Prestige Geneva
The 4400SQ engraved movement combines a variety of hand-carved techniques, and its outstanding technical performance has also attracted much attention. The 4400 SQ movement is a manual winding movement with a vibration frequency of 28,800 times per hour. Its accuracy and amazing 65-hour power reserve are very close to user needs. However, the highest standards in the manufacturing process of high-end watches are not only at the technical level, because the entire watch has passed the certification of the Geneva Seal, which is a guarantee of quality, craftsmanship and durability, and fully guarantees that every performance of the timepiece is exerted To the best.
Métiers d’ Art Mécaniques Ajourées
Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures its own 4400SQ manual winding mechanical movement
Hour and minute display
18K white gold case, 40 mm diameter, water resistant to 30 meters
Big red fire enamel bezel, 18K gold bezel with Roman time scale
18K gold bezel with “ ONLY WATCH ” mark at 3 o’clock
ONLY WATCH’s exclusive model, the case back is engraved with ‘2015’ and ‘N ° 1/1’