SIHH 2015 – Hands-on with the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées (live photos & specs)

The Swiss maison of Vacheron Constatin commends its 260th commemoration, and right now presented to us the all-new Harmony Collection . Bearing the signs of their Métiers d'Art assortments, the Mécaniques Gravées multi day Tourbillon and a hand wound non-tourbillon model component completely hand-engraved developments inside traditionally styled cases, beholding back to the absolute starting point of the brand, initially established in ...

SIHH 2015 – Hands-on with the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées (live photos & specs)

The Swiss maison of Vacheron Constatin commends its 260th commemoration, and right now presented to us the all-new Harmony Collection . Bearing the signs of their Métiers d’Art assortments, the Mécaniques Gravées multi day Tourbillon and a hand wound non-tourbillon model component completely hand-engraved developments inside traditionally styled cases, beholding back to the absolute starting point of the brand, initially established in 1755.

The motivations of the hand-engraved examples on the Caliber 2260 and 4400 developments can be followed back to the 5th century. Starting from Greek columns and sections, the enhancements depict acanthus leafs and arabesque twirls. These unmistakable shapes are carefully cut into the development by talented skilled workers. The portrayal of acanthus leaves saw a flood during the Renaissance and the Baroque time frame, as it advanced into an image of triumph and magnificence. Hand engraving types have consistently been a solid concentration for Vacheron Constatin, including the acanthus leaves.

The complexity of the engraving lies in the way that all the utilitarian pieces of the development may not be influenced by the eliminated material. A straightforward arrangement is thicken the essential parts to permit the etcher to improve the development without the danger of meddling with the inflexibility and exactness of the development. Vacheron notwithstanding, picked not to do this so every single piece of these developments is made to precisely the same details as non-engraved adaptations. Accordingly, the profundity of the engraving regularly gauges not exactly a millimetre.

Amazingly, the enhancement is engraved free gave. No pre-set plan or markings have been applied to diagram the example. The applied theme is accomplished utilizing champlevé engraving. Emptying out parts to a profundity of 2/10ths of a millimeter makes a profound look to the engraving. The danger of obliterating parts is obvious, as some of them are just 0.35mm thick without help from anyone else. Each and every development requires ten days to imprint, a carefully lethargic interaction, however is still inside the guidelines of the Hallmark of Geneva.

The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées 14 days Tourbillon, a serious piece, is furnished with Vacheron’s in-house created Caliber 2260/1. The development’s plates and extensions are completely engraved with the botanical example, suggestive of the brands most punctual pocket watches embellished with comparable plans. The monochromatic steel and dim colorscheme emits a peaceful vibe, supported by a record dark metal moment track. Extra signs are engraved and inked on sapphire glass rings, to guarantee the cleanest conceivable view onto the movement.

The tourbillon confine looking like a Maltese cross turns once like clockwork and presentations the little seconds. A force save marker at 12 shows the extraordinary 14 days of force on a 280 degree sapphire ring. The multi day Tourbillon is housed in a 41mm wide, 12.35mm thick platinum case.

The second new model in the Métiers d’Art assortment is furnished with the essential, in the event that you can consider it that, 4400/1 hand wound development. The development can likewise be found in the Vacheron Constatin Malte Patrimony Contemporaine Pocket Watch. Despite the fact that the base development is the equivalent, the execution couldn’t be more extraordinary. Once more, the plates and extensions got a full hand engraved example in a traditional style. Estimating 39mm wide and 8.5mm thick, this is marginally more traditional as far as measurements. The case is 950 platinum.

Both Mécaniques Gravées watches come on a dull blue croc tie and a platinum clasp embellished with a half Maltese cross. A pleasant touch is the complementary amplifying glass that comes with one or the other model. No costs have been giving at this point, yet we’ll refresh it later on.