To celebrate the third century from the foundation of the École Française de Danse, the famous Swiss watchmaker created three one-of-a-kind timepieces that will be the first members of the brand’s new Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse line. Recapturing masterpieces of Edgar Degas by using a rare Grand Feu grisaille enameling technique, Vacheron Constantin’s master artist beautifully depicted the exact moment, gestures and poses of ballerinas at the ballet room and the stage. Placed inside the luxurious, white gold frame that also houses an exquisite in-house mechanism, these breathtaking pieces are the great addition to the brand’s renowned Métiers d’Art Collection that has already given us a number of truly unique masterpieces.
Three Degas’ paintings inspired the new Vacheron Constantin line: the Ballet Room at the Opera in Rue le Peletier (oil on canvas), from 1874, which is exhibited in the Parisian Musée d’Orsay; the Ballet Rehearsal (oil on canvas), from 1873, which can be seen in the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, the United States; and finally, the oil on canvas painting from1874 called Two Dancers on Stage, displayed at the London’s Courtauld Gallery.
By using the extremely rare technique, the brand’s enameller beautifully reinterpreted the original paintings to the smallest detail, showing the most important moments in dancers’ lives – learning, practice and performance.
Each component of these masterpieces is crafted by hand, in the series of delicate operations that required extreme patience and high skills. As the result, we can enjoy so many details immaculately applied to a translucent brown enamel base.
Although it is pretty unusual (most often, enameling is applied to black base), this color provides a nice depth effect and soft hues, without the addition of neither vivid colors nor additional material. Instead, the great number of gray shades comes with the use of Limoges white enamel, an extremely rare powder mixed with oils.
A finely polished and perfectly round case has the diameter of 40 mm. It is crafted in 18 karat white gold and attached to a black alligator Mississippiensis strap, for the stylish mixture of luxury and elegance. Another exquisite part of this watch is its case-back.
When opening a white gold lid with the stylish inscription – Hommage à l’Art de la Danse, a sapphire crystal glass reveals a high-end mechanism, completely developed and crafted in the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. It is a Calibre 2460 self-winding movement with the Hallmark of Geneva certification. It comprises just 182 components, including 17 jewels and has a pretty slim construction of 3.6 mm. This beautifully decorated mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour and provides 40 hours of power-reserve.