Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pretty Ballerina

This just in from Vacheron Constantin
Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

A series of exceptional timepieces unveiled on the occasion of the tricentenary of the École Française de Danse pays eloquent tribute to art and culture 
Courtesy of Vacheron and Constantin

  1. On the occasion of the tricentenary of the École Française de Danse, Vacheron Constantin unveils the three first one-of-a-kind creations in its new Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse collection. These creations from the workshops of the Manufacture revisit the ancestral art of Grand Feu grisaille enamelling to highlight the art of classical ballet through several masterpieces by Edgar Degas.

    In becoming a patron of the Opéra National de Paris in 2007, Vacheron Constantin chose to provide a uniquely inspirational stage for the artisanal traditions of the Fine Watchmaking artistic crafts known in French as Métiers d’Art. This partnership uniting time, art and culture celebrates the values on which the brand has been built since its founding in 1755: supporting creativity, openness to the world, sharing a passion, passing on knowledge and the quest for excellence.

    Ballet in particular and opera in general are worlds in which individuals, their talent and their personality set the crowning touch to the choreography of the work being performed. Vacheron Constantin shares with the Opéra National de Paris the art of precision, renewal and wonderment an art of which the technical and aesthetic mastery is orchestrated by a wealth of men and women exercising numerous skills. In horology as in ballet, accomplishment is above all an intensely human story filled with encounters and with shared and perpetuated skills. Time has no hold on these crafts governed by high demands and constant challenges crystallised by perpetual enhancement, boldness and passion.

    Courtesy of Vacheron & Constantin
    Following in the footsteps of the series inspired by the fresco painting by Marc Chagall adorning the ceiling of the Palais Garnier, Vacheron Constantin now provides a further demonstration of its expertise and its mastery of the most ancient decorative arts. The three first unique creations in the new Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse collection will be presented at the gala evening for the tricentenary of the École Française de Danse, held on April 15th 2013 in the Palais Garnier. They reinterpret certain works by Edgar Degas and his superlative ability to capture the graceful gestures and poses through the age-old art of Grand Feu grisaille enamelling. 

    Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse
    At the occasion of the 300th anniversary of L’Ecole Française de Danse (French Ballet School), Vacheron Constantin presents three unique pieces inspired by the work of French painter Edgar Degas.


    86090/000G-9870 The dance class 
    86090/000G-9880 The rehearsal 
    86090/000G-9881 Two dancers on stage Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces 

    2460 SC, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin   


    Mechanical hand-wound

    Movement diameter:    
    26.20 mm (11’’’ 1⁄4 )

    Movement thickness:   
    3.60 mm


    Number of components:

    4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)

    Power reserve:
    approx. 40 hours    

    Hours, minutes Center seconds   

    18 carats white gold
    40 mm diameter, 9.20 mm thickness

    Officer and transparent caseback, closed by screws   

    Water resistance:    
    Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx 30 meters)


    18 carats gold
    Grisaille and translucent
    Grand Feu enamelling Inspired by the work of French painter Edgar Degas


    Black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales 

    18 carats white gold buckle Polished half Maltese cross

    Unique pieces, only available in Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.   

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