Vacheron Constantin offers collectors and devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the rabbit.
The motifs appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography are etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.
The enamel is applied in successive layers, which enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. Achieving the necessary mastery of colour at temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius calls for an expertise that can only be acquired over many years of experience. The animal, made of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial centre.
Calibre 2460 G4 makes it possible to create a distinctive and ideal stage-setting for the decorative arts, by giving the central dial motif a starring role. The hands-free time display is achieved through four apertures showing the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications – the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type – embody the longstanding skill of the Maison in designing and developing original displays.
Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac – Year of the rabbit
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
31 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 6.05 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Hours, minutes, day of the week and date in apertures
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.72 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)
18K gold, hand-engraved, Grand Feu enamelled
Hand-engraved platinum/18K 5N pink gold rabbit
Dark blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Platinum/18K 5N pink gold folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Delivered with a corrector pen
Limited series of 9 pieces per reference. Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.
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