Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vacheron Constantin Presents High Complication Timepieces Exhibition at Shenzhen MixC

Prestigious Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin is celebrating the Swiss Excellence and the in-house manufacturing expertise by bringing Reference 57260 and a series of high complication timepieces to the MixC, the iconic shopping landmark in Shenzhen, China. Initiated from June 7, the exhibition makes Reference 57260’s debut in South China, creating a high time for watch collectors, lovers and public to view this most complicated watch ever made till June 11.

The exhibition is a demonstration of mechanical wonders reflected by the feat of complications of timepieces such as the tourbillon, the perpetual calendar, and the minute repeater, as well as the artistic crafts of guilloché, engraving, enameling, gem-setting made or applied by Vacheron Constantin, along with the finishing of the movement, the dial, the case, that meets the criteria of Hallmark of Geneva certification and what a Vacheron Constantin timepiece should be. The hero Reference 57260 is a custom-made creation, made using the classic principles of watchmaking along with resolutely 21st century thinking.

With non-equal arcing columns propping up the circular exhibition space, the Vacheron Constantin Booth is an unmissable in the atrium of MixC Shenzhen. The black & bronze color scheme creates a discreetly luxurious environment, inspiring visitors to appreciate the mechanical and crafting excellence that defines Vacheron Constantin.
The booth is adorned by the Maltese cross-shaped motif as the rooftop, under which Reference 57260 is centrally displayed. Reference 57260, a total of 57 complications made it the one, is the most complicated watch ever made. It is an integrated masterpiece of the Hebraic perpetual calendar; double retrograde “rattrapante” chronograph, the Westminster chiming, alarm and special night-silence feature, astronomical indications, the double-function perpetual calendar, armillary sphere tourbillon. It houses a significant number of ingenious and important new mechanisms that have never been seen before in watchmaking. With 8 years of development, the timepiece was developed and crafted by 3 Vacheron Constantin Master Watchmakers solely dedicated to this project.

Other masterpieces on display are Traditionnelle Calibre 2755, Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon openworked, Metiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale, Metiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse and Metiers d’Art Florilège II.

Traditionnelle Calibre 2755, a quintessence of the art of watchmaking, houses three major complications from the world of haute horlogerie. The 602-component piece powers the tourbillon, the minute repeater, the hours and minutes, the tourbillon seconds hand, the perpetual calendar and the power reserve display.
To optimize the performance of the sophisticated minute repeater, Vacheron Constantin’s engineers and master watchmakers developed a centripetal speed-regulator in the striking-mechanism. This original device eliminates the noise interference normally experienced with pallet systems.

Traditionnelle 14-day tourbillon openworked is a combination of the tourbillon complication with the art of openwork. Those able to openwork such a demanding calibre are an even rarer breed and among them, very few also rise to the challenge of endowing it with a 14-day power reserve.
Vacheron Constantin belongs to this exclusive circle. The openwork echoes the distinctive layered movement architecture and mechanical elements from its Gothic inspiration to present a “shapes within shapes” theme, creating a double three-dimensional effect.

Metiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale celebrates sartorialism in a new masculine line dressed to the nines and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. Thanks to cleverly mastered traditional decorative techniques, the Manufacture gives its own unique take on the classic masculine wardrobe.
Gentleman’s choice of apparel today is an anthem to suits crafted from fine materials and enhanced by combinations of colours embodying a blend of tradition and daring. Guilloché and enameling techniques offer an immersion into the rich treasures of the art of tailoring.

Metiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse is a revisit of the ancestral art of Grand Feu grisaille enameling to highlight the art of classical ballet by reinterpreting the works of Edgar Degas.
The creativeness of grisaille enameling here is that rather than generally applying black enamel, the House artisan works with a translucent brown enamel base serving to accentuate the depth effect while lending a soft nuance to the painting. The exact duration of each firing time is one of the trade secrets of the artist.

Metiers d’Art Florilège II is a revival of the romantic spirit of a botanical masterpiece, a tribute to naturalism and to the art of 19th century British botanical illustrations. The dials are adorned with colourful petals that appear so real that one could almost touch their rounded volumes, velvety feel or even catch a hint of their delicate scent.
The Renealmia, The Tulip and The Rose Centifolia make the collection a trilogy of a true compendium of Nature’s bounty. The most attractive plants from around the world blossom thanks to a cleverly orchestrated association of figurative guilloché, Grand Feu cloisonné enameling, and gemsetting.

Exhibition details
Vacheron Constantin: Watchmaking Excellence Exhibition
June 7th – June 11th
1F Atrium of MixC Shenzhen
Address: No.1881, Bao’an Nan Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen

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