Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art

Vacheron Constantin celebrates Darwin

Nature’s hour strikes with Vacheron Constantin. But not only. Because the four Métiers d’Art limited editions are inspired by the scientific epic of the naturalists who embarked on the Beagle, the English brig that hosted Charles Darwin, who wrote The Voyage of the Beagle, at the beginning of 1830. A journey that changed the history of science and nature. The series comprises four horological tableaus, at the crossroads of science and art, miniature engraving and enamel masterpieces powered by the in-house caliber 1120 AT/1 with satellite wandering hours.

Le quattro edizioni limitate Métiers d'Art
The four limited editions Métiers d’Art

This series is the sequel to the 1994 Mercator timepiece (homage to the mathematician, cartographer and geographer Gerardus Mercator), the Métiers d’Art Homage to the Great Explorers series, the last examples of which were presented in 2021, and the Métiers d’Art series les Aérostiers of 2018, created to commemorate the conquest of the skies. During the adventurous journey around the world, between 1831 and 1836, naturalists were able to observe fabulous plants
bright-leafed tropical plants, colorful birds of paradise, exotic butterflies, groves of flowering trees and fruit trees and a fascinating variety of animals.
La lavorazione con lo smalto
Working with enamel

To create these new limited editions made up of ten pieces, Vacheron Constantin has chosen to combine two métiers: the master engraver, who creates the curves and depth effects of the decoration with precision to the tenth of a millimetre, and the master enameler, who uses fire and pigments. Four days of work are needed to bring to life the scenes that animate the 41 mm diameter white or rose gold case, whose silhouette, characterized by a very thin bezel and screwed lugs, is inspired by the watches produced by Vacheron Constantin over the years Eighties and nineties of the last century.
Il calibro 1120 AT1 è visibile attraverso il fondello in vetro zaffiro
Il calibro 1120 AT1 è visibile attraverso il fondello in vetro zaffiro

On the watches the ship is depicted returning to Europe, skirting the African coast near the Cape of Good Hope: the passage has been used by navigators since the end of the 15th century, and is visible in the enamel miniature of the maritime scene presented in the lower part of the dial. A landscape recalls that observed by naturalists when they stopped at the Cape of Good Hope. The delicate plumage of birds perched among the leaves is coordinated with the languid silhouette of an iguana: a naturalistic scene to be observed at the heart of the 41 mm diameter rose gold case. The caliber 1120 AT/1 is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The strap is made of green Mississipiensis alligator leather and a rose gold folding clasp.
Disegno preparatorio
Preparatory drawing

Métiers d’Art Homage to naturalist explorers
References 7500U/000G-B991: Cape Verde – 1
7500U/000R-B992: Strait of Magellan – 2
Caliber 1120 AT/1
Developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin
Automatic mechanical
22 carat gold oscillating weight with tapisserie decoration
28mm (12 lines ó) in diameter, 5.45mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 rubies
Timepieces certified by the Hallmark of Geneva
Continuous display of hours and minutes
White gold/rose gold case
41mm in diameter, 11.68mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Waterproofness tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 metres)
White gold dial, on two levels, miniature on Grand Feu enamel
Hand engraved with gold application
Strap Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator lining, hand stitched,
stitched, large square scales
Pin buckle in white gold/rose gold
Polished half Maltese cross
Limited series consisting of ten timepieces per reference.
Models available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

Uccelli appollaiati tra le foglie sul quadrante dell'orologio
Birds perched among the leaves on the clock face

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