Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’ Art Master Series The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac The latest masterpiece of the Chinese Zodiac Legend is the Year of the Dog watch. The dog is a symbol of loyalty, dedication and reliability. On February 16, 2018, the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster will usher in the Year of the Dog. The two latest works launched on this occasion are limited to twelve, respectively, demonstrating the outstanding technical performance of the 2460 G4 movement and the endless elegance of Vacheron Constantin’s arts and crafts.
Vacheron Constantin has launched the Zodiac watch since 2013 (the year of the snake), and the series has developed to the Year of the Dog. The brand once again uses familiar design and craftsmanship to bring a vivid face picture.
Chinese paper-cut art is similar to the famous Scherenschnitt in Swiss culture. This craftsmanship has also become the highlight of Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’ Art master series, The Legend of the Chinese zodiac. With the cooperation of master sculptors and enamel masters, the series has been given a new interpretation.
The dog pattern on the faceplate is decorated with gold carving courses, and the surrounding is decorated with enamel. The visual effect is quite detailed.
The decorative pattern of leaves carved on the gold face plate is derived from traditional Chinese flower patterns. The semi-embedded design is used to carefully combine the reliefs of different depths to create a layered depth effect, so that the carved plants seem to be suspended above the face plate. This is followed by the production stage of the Great Fire Enamel. Only a handful of artisans are familiar with this ancient craft. The enamel master emphasizes the visual tension of color by applying several layers of enamel glaze on the face plate. In the firing stage of 800 to 900 degrees Celsius, the enamel master is required to have a professional inference ability to strictly control the color of the glaze and the reaction generated by the firing, and this ability takes several years to fully master. The zodiac pattern in the center of the faceplate of this watch is carefully carved using these superb craftsmanship.
In order to make the most room for the protagonist of the faceplate, the 2460 G4 movement equipped with the watch uses a large number of windows with a turntable design, which maximizes the creative space of the faceplate without affecting the recognition time.
The 2460 G4 movement leaves a unique and ideal stage for the art deco design of the watch, making the pattern in the center of the dial the protagonist. The faceless time display mode of the dial shows the hour, minute, day of the week and date through four display windows. The first two displays are sliding, and the last two are skipped. This original display was designed and produced by Vacheron Constantin, showing the brand’s classic and excellent manufacturing process. Through the transparent sapphire crystal case back on the back of the platinum or rose gold case, you can clearly appreciate the 22K gold automatic dial in the movement. The automatic dial is decorated with the Maltese cross pattern, highlighting the heritage of superb watchmaking skills. All parts are finely polished to meet the exacting requirements of the Geneva mark, and Vacheron Constantin is the most faithful representative of this certification.
Métiers d’ Art Master Series
18K rose gold material / 2460 G4 self-winding movement / hour, minute, date, day of the week display / golden carving, big fire enamel dial / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / water-resistant 30 meters / diameter 40mm / limited 12
Métiers d’ Art Master Series
Platinum material / 2460 G4 automatic movement / hour, minute, date, day of the week display / golden carving, big fire enamel face plate / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 30 meters / diameter 40mm / limited 12- –