Métiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés
Vacheron Constantin, at the heart of Artistic Crafts for the past 260 years, unveils its three new creations celebrating medieval illuminations.
The Métiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés collection draws its inspiration from the Aberdeen Bestiary, a rare 12th century manuscript, preciously conserved in the library of Aberdeen University, Scotland. Marrying original watchmaking techniques and skilled artistic crafts, the Manufacture pays tribute to the art of miniature and offers an original reading of time.
Each watch is illustrated with a symbolic creature from the Aberdeen Bestiary.
The Aberdeen “Caper” creature is linked to Earth. This night blue caprine animal with its piercing gaze symbolises exceptionally sound judgement.
Métiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés - Caper
The Aberdeen “Altion” creature is linked to Water. This beautiful seabird, which builds its nest on the seas no matter what the weather, symbolises serenity.
Métiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés - Altion
The Aberdeen “Vultures” creatures are linked to the Skies. These two back-to-back birds cast a knowing glance at each other, symbolising longevity.
Métiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés - Vultures
Echoing the illumination, the upper part of the dial perfectly associates miniature enamelling and champlevé enamelling techniques. The raised, polished letters on the lower dial stand out against a finely grained background to create a gold leaf effect. The engraving of each creature’s name on the side of the case is a reference to calligraphy. Ultra-thin self-winding Caliber 1120AT drives a dragging display of the hours that slide from top to bottom of the dial, as does the eye when reading a page.
Each model is crafted in a limited, numbered 20-piece series and enriches the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection.