Bird’s eye view: The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières

Nocturnal dreamscapes

Bird’s eye view: The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières
Vacheron Constantin puts three dynamic cities on the map with the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection

From Place de l'Étoile in Paris to the Hudson River of New York City, cartography and the craft of Grand Feu enamelling crosses over in a striking tableau with the Métiers d'Art Villes Lumières collection, envisioned by Vacheron Constantin as a glittering recreation of three of the world's most vibrant metropolises.

Miniaturised on 40mm-sized dials, the urban landscape of Geneva, Paris and New York sprawls over a champlevé enamel base wherein the maison's artisans then illuminate the roads, landmarks and rivers with precious powder ground from gold, pearl, platinum and diamond. Fastidiously administered particle by particle for an extraordinary radiance that lights up the dial, this exclusive technique — spearheaded by guest artist Yoko Imai of Japan — is the very first instance of such craftsmanship applied to haute horlogerie.

Exquisitely finished, tens upon thousands of luminous flecks compose a cityscape seemingly glowing in the night, playing up the beauty of each respective city. Certified with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the watches tick to the tune of the 2460 SC mechanical self-winding calibre, developed and manufactured in-house by Vacheron Constantin. Perfectly wrought from the finest of watchmaking crafts from its 22K gold oscillating weight to its white gold frame, the Métiers d'Art Villes Lumières collection is a fascinating atlas of inspiration and art that gives new meaning to seeing things from a bird's eye view.

The Métiers d'Art Villes Lumières collection is available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques, limited to a numbered production.

Text: Angelyn Kwek

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