Watches & Wonders – Vacheron Constantin Métier D’ Art Les Univers Infinis Watch

The second watch of the Métier d’ Art Les Univers Infinis collection is inspired by paintings by Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.

 Ingeniously integrates many traditional watchmaking techniques of Vacheron Constantin: carving, enamel painting, gem setting, machine-engraving, and the latest inlay technology of gold and mother-of-pearl, using the self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. Each of the series is limited to 20 pieces, each with its own product number and all certified by the Geneva Seal.

 Vacheron Constantin launched the Métier d’ Art Les Univers Infinis series for the first time at the 2012 International Haute Horlogerie Salon. As the second watch of the series, the new Les Univers Infinis watch draws inspiration from the paintings of Dutch artist Moritz Cornelis Escher, aiming to inspire the graphic art of flat pavé mosaics. With warm praise.

 This series of watches showcases the infinite creativity of the highly skilled Vacheron Constantin craftsmen, as well as the complementarity between the continuous improvement of watchmaking and culture since its establishment. History, present and future meet in this new series of watches. From these watches, we can also see the serious challenges faced by Vacheron Constantin’s craftsmen in the watchmaking process. With their outstanding talent, meticulous professionalism and Creative inspiration successfully met the challenge.

 These three new watches from the Métier d’ Art Les Univers Infinis collection combine a variety of craftsmanship, and the checkerboard flat pavé technology makes them exude shocking charm. In addition, gold and mother-of-pearl inlays are another highlight of Vacheron Constantin’s launch. Combining engraving, enamel painting, gem setting and machine-engraving, the geometric, dynamic and symbolic elements are perfectly intertwined on the dial. Video (trompe l’oeil). The dial is filled with interlaced repeating patterns, creating an excellent sense of infinite extension and perspective. The dial is equipped with a platinum case, which is delicate and elegant. The slim bezel design allows the dial to be presented to the maximum extent, and the elegant hollowed-out hands provide ample display space for the grid-shaped carving art.

 The watch is certified by the Geneva Seal and is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement 2460 developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. This movement is not only of reliable quality, but also inherits the tradition of fine watchmaking and is polished by hand. Through the sapphire crystal back, you can clearly see the polished inner corners, the side of the hand-decorated movement, the main splint decorated with round grain, the bridge plate decorated with Geneva ripples, and the elegant interwoven machine-engraved pattern. Golden oscillating weight.

‘Angel’ watch: hand-engraved, machine-engraved and painted with large fire enamel

 On the dial of this charming watch, angels and demons oppose each other, showing a sharp contrast, full of symbolism and aesthetics. The angels are in the light, and the devil is in the dark, but both sides are evenly matched. The watch was inspired by Moritz Cornelis Escher’s research on the ’round limit’, using a decorative style that infinitely extends repetitive elements from the center to the surroundings, and uses engraving, enamel painting and machine-engraving. Ingeniously blended into each pattern, exquisitely expresses the sense of depth and bright mirror effect.

 The sculptor first carved the outline of the pattern with the platinum base as the base, and then hollowed out the middle for later decoration using the enamel filling process. Later, copper plate carving was performed to outline the detailed pattern of the devil. Then the enamelist fills the enamel color in the hollow groove. This process requires extremely high accuracy. Because the patterns are repetitive and symmetrical, even the slightest flaws are not allowed. After repeated firing in the kiln several times, gray and blue gradually appeared, and the enamel master finally filled with a layer of translucent enamel glaze to highlight the depth of the engraving pattern. Subsequently, the machine-engraving carver carved the angel’s robe and wings through detailed operations. Enamel painting with machine-engraved carving as the last process is extremely rare, mainly because this process is extremely complicated, and the enamel layer is very thin. A slight difference in operation will make all the valuable work of the entire craftsman team obsolete.

‘Lizard’ watch: hand-engraved, painted with large open flame enamel, gem setting and machine-engraving

 The red and brown lizards on the dial are either inlaid with precious stones or glowed with a touch of silver, which is lifelike and beautiful. The watch was inspired by the Dutch artist’s print ‘The Lizard’, which combines four ancient decorative techniques, and the picture performance is superb and vivid.

 The engraver carved the outline of the pattern on the gold base, and then the enamel master filled the taupe with taupe enamel to the south, and painted the crimson enamel to the west. Next, the gem-setter set the round-cut diamond on the enamel surface of several lizards. In the end, the master of carving and carving carved out the scales of only a few centimeters of the remaining lizards, using the skillful techniques to infuse the lizard with infinite vitality and vitality.

‘Knight’ watch: hand-carved with gold and mother-of-pearl inlay

 The heroic Turkish knights are outlined with extraordinary gold and mother-of-pearl inlays, and they pride themselves on the dial with their unique pride. Gold and mother-of-pearl are brightly colored and contrasting with each other are pleasing to the eye.

 Inlaying is an ancient decorative technique. The ancient Egyptians used this technique to inlaid gems and ivory on jewelry boxes and furniture. In the Middle Ages, Venice and the Byzantine Empire exported a large number of luxury goods to Western countries. The decorative black and white geometric patterns were made of gold, ivory or mother-of-pearl inlaid on wooden panels, with subtle shade changes.

 Masters of inlay craftsmanship use two completely different materials to create an extremely complex pattern. They carved out each knight from gold and mother-of-pearl, and then spliced ​​them together like a jigsaw on the gold chassis. There is no obvious gap between each pattern, and it is not easy to achieve such fineness in a square inch. Special care is required when handling mother-of-pearl. Not only is the mother-of-pearl extremely fragile, but the thickness, color, and lightness must also be coordinated very well, and the curve and line must be very smooth when connected to the gold patch. The last step is to carve out details of the knight and horse by the master sculptor.

Plane Mosaic Art: Infinite Extension of Space

 The time of the birth of the plane-paved mosaic is no longer traceable. People only know that it has evolved from the Latin word ‘tessela_’ for paving stones or bricks, and has passed through the millennium of civilization and culture. Checkerboard-type flat paving is a pattern composed of interconnected small squares that fills the entire picture space. There are no gaps between the squares. When used on the floor, wall and ceiling, it will form a decorative style with a bit of geometric meaning. . As early as 4000 BC, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia used this mosaic technique. Later, although the Romans also widely used it as a major decorative pattern in their own buildings, there is no doubt that the Moors raised this craft technique to the height of art between 700 and 1500 AD. At that time, The Islamic religion forbids the Moors to represent people or any real objects.

 Mathematicians are also interested in this artistic technique as an artistic expression of science and logic. Scholars who hold this view include the famous Greek scientist Archimedes from the 1st century BC, who studied the geometric layout. Johannes Kay

 One of them is Johannes Kleper, who introduced a variety of polygonal checkerboard-like plane paving in his book Harmonice Mundi. Modern artists Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely also draw inspiration from this art method, and Moritz Cornelis Escher is undoubtedly a flat-surface pavé One of the most outstanding modern artists of mosaic art.

Moritz Cornelis Escher: Artistic Geometry

 The work of Dutch artist and engraver Moritz Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is based on an original expression of architecture, perspective and space. With excellent drawing and sculpting strength and rich creativity, Escher used the visual difference and even rational fantasy to easily and skillfully create new spatial representations and new worlds that only exist on the plane. His trip to Spain ignited Escher’s enthusiasm for flat mosaic. While walking to the Alhambra and Cordoba Cathedral in Granada, Escher noticed some incredible motifs on the palace tiles. Escher’s work contains strong mathematical elements, wandering between art and science. For Escher, the use of figurative graphics instead of abstract geometric shapes for paving may have become his source of sincere artistic passion and infinite inspiration.

86222 / 000G-9804 (angel watch)
86222 / 000G-9834 (Lizard watch)
86222 / 000G-9833 (Cavalier watch)
Certified by the Geneva Seal

Automatic movement developed by Vacheron Constantin
26.20 mm in diameter (11’’’1/4 cents)
Thickness 3.60 mm
22K Gold Oscillator
Power reserve of about 40 hours
Vibration frequency 4 Hz (28,800 times per hour)
182 parts
27 gems

Central seconds

18K White Gold
40 mm diameter, 8.90 mm thickness
Transparent sapphire crystal case back
Pass 3 bar pressure test (about 30 meters)

18K Gold
Angel watch: hand-engraved, hand-engraved and large fire enamel
Lizard watch: hand-engraved, hand-engraved, diamond inlaid and large fire enamel
Cavalier Watch: Hand-carved, mother-of-pearl and gold-inlaid craftsmanship

Strap: Hand-stitched black square pattern Mississippi crocodile leather strap
Clasp: 18K white gold buckle, polished half Maltese cross design

Each is limited to 20 pieces and has a separate product number.
The case back is engraved with ‘N ° X / 20’ and ‘© The M.C. Escher Company B.V.’
Available only at Vacheron Constantin stores.

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