It's twelve for twelve as Vacheron Constantin toasts to the Chinese New Year with the Métiers D'Art Year of the Rooster, an artistic dedication to a longstanding cultural symbol captured in the likeness of haute horlogerie. With only 24 timepieces in all, each rendition of this exquisite duo is an actualisation of the Swiss watchmaker's mastery over the crafts. Detailed on a 40mm-diametre dial, an impressive rooster takes form, inspired by the ancient Jianzhi Chinese paper-cutting technique and crossed over with the Scherenschnitt paper-cutting of Swiss traditions.
Poised amongst an intricate foliage motif carved directly onto the metal of the watch face, the rooster gleams with a life-like surrealism, hand-worked and delicately affixed to the dial. Similarly, each surrounding vine and leaf affects a textured depth, created by expert engravers in a refined stage-setting process to achieve that seemingly floating aesthetic. Completing this masterpiece is the application of Grand Feu enamelling in successive layers, which bestows a saturated intensity to the blue and bronze palette of each respective version. Paired with an in-house mechanical calibre 2460 G4 that powers the hours, minutes, date and day of the week — notched in four apertures decorating the timepiece — the Métiers d'Art Year of the Rooster is the artisanal accentuation to slip on for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Métiers d'Art Year of the Rooster is available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques. Limited to 12 pieces in each model.