The annual watch event, the Geneva International Watch Fair, has been opened. The watch team’s special front report team has begun to work, and they will bring you the latest, fastest and most comprehensive watch fair reports. The top watch brand Vacheron Constantin brought to you this time the masterpiece ‘Fabuleux Ornements’ series of watches, can be described as stunning four seats, let us now appreciate the real shot just sent back from the front.
Métiers d’ Art ‘Fabuleux Ornements’-Indian manuscripts
Large open fire filled with enamel and hand-carved
The outer edge of the pink gold case surrounds the bezel set with diamonds. Ten bright enamel colors bloom on the dial. These bright and moving tones resemble a bunch of oriental-style flowers blooming on the blue sky. The enamel master interpreted the vivid and colorful illustration art in Indian manuscripts, and painted a strong enamel glaze around the engraved movement, like a floral pattern decorated on the edges of ancient oriental manuscripts. The decorative pattern is first outlined with gold threads using an infill process, and then filled with enamel. The firing of ten different colors poses a severe challenge to the continuous firing technology of the enamelist. This process requires master enamel firing technology that is comparable to the true alchemist to complete the leaf pattern after the enamel process. It is then meticulously carved by hand to perfectly reflect the brilliance of the watch, which complements the carving process of the engraved movement. This is also one of the most elaborate steps in the entire watchmaking process. Because of the fragile nature of enamel, a slight mistake will make the entire work invalid.
Métiers d’ Art series ‘Fabuleux Ornements’-Ottoman architecture
Chamfering process, mother-of-pearl and semi-pearl
The chamfered pink-gold and wood-panel dial clearly presents a delicate and sophisticated movement, and each side is carefully hand-chamfered. This gold pane pattern inlaid with semi-pearl grains is elegantly placed on a white natural mother-of-pearl substrate, reminiscent of the grandeur of a scroll-shaped pattern in Middle Eastern architecture. The carefully designed decoration on the bezel-a unique row of miniature beads on the edge of the case, further demonstrates the extraordinary watchmaking technology. The arabesque carvings on the movement once again take you into the magical world of heaven and night.
Métiers d’ Art ‘Fabuleux Ornements’-French lace
Machine-engraved carvings, large fire enamel and gem setting
The dazzling white gold lace trim is decorated with a semi-transparent enamel dial with hand-engraved carving and large open flame treatment. This lace pattern is ingeniously polished, reminiscent of the long tradition of French embroidery, an ancient art rooted in French culture. The entire pattern creates an infinitely light texture, as if it is a soft lace woven by crochet and spindle from a patient and meticulous and skilled watchmaker. Organic gold engraving on the base of the gold dial gives the transparent enamel a subtle layering.
Métiers d’ Art ‘Fabuleux Ornements’-Chinese Embroidery
Gem carving, filigree gems and carving crafts
The dial is outlined in a pink gold filigree process and is topped with flower-patterned rubies, hematite and garnet. The delicate and elegant gems are cut and carved with gem carving techniques, and are embellished with finely carved gold leaves and flower stamens, which have the same effect as the precious fabrics decorated with silk threads in Chinese embroidery. The veins and round petals show a great attention to detail, giving this decoration a deep and charming effect. Fine and extraordinary ruby carving is a huge challenge. Each pink opal has been individually cut and ground, and is paved with other opals on the dial. The gemstones are separated by only 0.5mm platinum lines. Gem masters and sculptors pay tribute to China’s thousand-year-old tradition of embroidery with amazing skills.
The above is the latest cutting-edge information of SIHH 2014 brought to you by the special editor of Watch House. Next, we will provide more and more intuitive exhibition reports, so please pay attention.
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