One of the world’s most eminent watchmakers, Vacheron Constantin, has once again decided to participate in the Only Watch charity auction, and to help the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For this year, the Swiss company has prepared a unique timepiece that was created as a result of a synergy of various artistic crafts. The new watch, named Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Colombes” (Craftsmanship Perspectives of Art ‘Doves”), is a result of the fusion of superb engraving, gem-setting, enamelling and guillochage.
The watch by Vacheron Constantine has a brilliant dial, based on the art of a celebrated Dutch graphic designer, M.C. Escher who is especially well known for the use of repeated tillings (tessellations). This sort of pattern utilizes repeating shapes, skillfully incorporated to include no gaps or overlaps on the surface, and to create a mesmerizing and eye-pleasing effect. In accordance with the principles of geometry, symbolism and motion, the magnificent dial depicts a poetic flight of doves, subtly interweaved and wrapped in the multiple layers of interpretation and perception.
The dial of the dove-themed timepiece by Vacheron Constantin is crafted in white gold, and includes delicate engravings and champlevé enameling. Each of the three types of doves, featured on the face of the watch, has a particular decoration. Red doves are graced by charming translucide enameling, the white ones include opalescent enameling, whereas the gold birds incorporate a hand-guilloche pattern. There is also a single sparkly bird, situated at the ten o’clock position, adorned with no less than 40 brilliant cut-diamonds (with the total weight of around 0.08 carat).
An In-House Automatic Movement
The lovely dove-styled dial is protected with a tough sapphire crystal that is also featured on the display case back. The list of impressive features does not end here. This luxurious and unique Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Colombes” Watch includes a gracious circular case made of 18-carat gold, with the diameter of 40 mm.
The inside of the case keeps the heart of the watch, the self-winding mechanical Caliber 2460 SC movement, constructed from 182 components. The in-house developed and constructed automatic movement has the diameter of 26.2 mm and the thickness of 3.6 mm. It has 27 jewels, a power reserve of 40 hours, and it features the frequency of 4Hz. The movement enables the display of hours, minutes and seconds.
Besides, the “Montre Colombes” (Dove Watch) by Vacheron Constantin possesses a stylish and discrete black alligator strap which is hand-stitched, and features a saddle-finish and large square-shaped scales. The leather strap fastens with a buckle, made of polished 18-carat white gold to match the case.