Details Of Vacheron Constantin’s Painting Process

‘Maki-e’ is a decorative technique based on Japanese traditional lacquer ware craftsmanship. It is a unique lacquered gold craftwork developed in Japan during the Nara era. The artisans first painted patterns on the paint surface, then sprayed with metal powder (usually gold, silver or copper powder) before the paint was dry, and then applied a few coats of lacquer. Finally, the pattern was polished to reveal the gorgeous metal. luster. The Maki-e craft developed to 794 AD when Emperor Wu Wu moved the capital to Ping’an (Kyoto) and set up a painter’s workshop under the direct jurisdiction of the court. It gradually became a nationally representative craft, and Kyoto became the center of this craft.

 Vacheron Constantin, who has always insisted on being able to cross cultural barriers, has long been thinking of introducing Maki into watchmaking technology. It has been established in 1661 in the autumn of 2007. It has been used for several emperors to build thrones in Kyoto. ‘Zôhiko’ took the initiative to consult Vacheron Constantin for cooperation, so that the combination of these two techniques became possible, and the art master La Symbolique des Laques set watch is also the first perfect combination of Swiss watchmaking and oriental traditional decorative arts.

 Métiers d’Art-La Symbolique Des Laques 「Carp and waterfall」
 Cal.1003SQ hand-finished movement ∕ 18K white material ∕ hour and minute indication 分 Geneva mark ∕ sapphire crystal mirror and bottom cover ∕ 30 meters waterproof ∕ Limited to 20 sets
 The combination of carp and waterfall symbolizes strength and will. In order to show the carp’s movement in the deep and quiet water, iro-katame technique was used to draw the three-dimensional effect of the carp. The waterfall flowing slowly on the back is a dynamic effect using the golden ink maki bokashi’s blooming technique.

 Metaphor for Oriental Zen in Western Machinery
 Vacheron Constantin launched three sets of dill painting sets in three years starting in 2010. Whether it is the first year with the theme of ‘Saikan no sanyû’ with longevity, pine, bamboo, plum theme, or The theme of turtle, frog, and carp, which was introduced in the second year to mean longevity, good luck, and strength, is an auspicious symbol in traditional oriental culture. The masters of ‘Ikikohiko’ Shiraki use hundreds of years of secret transmission techniques and exquisite craftsmanship to upload blessings from ancient east on a small and delicate dial.

 In addition to the theme setting, the design of the watch is also quite ingenious. In order to allow the decorative art and watchmaking technology of Maki to equalize the design of the watch, the Maki surface is marked with ‘璧’ ─ The patterned painted noodles are specially presented with a round hole in the center. This allows the wearer to appreciate the unique pattern of dill drawing on the enamel dial, and also to watch the 1003 model carefully hidden in the watch. It is worth mentioning that this 1003 hand-made refining movement also has a long history. This is a classic ultra-thin movement introduced by Vacheron Constantin in 1955 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the brand. It was about the size of a 20-cent Swiss franc coin, and it was also the slim mechanical movement in the world at that time. In order to be carried in this dill-painted watch, the ruthenium-plated treatment is specially used to make the movement exude an elegant dark gray tone. It echoes the dark dill-painted faceplate, so that the rich meaning and the passage of time are subtly integrated into one. .

 The turtle symbolizes longevity. In order to present the regular beauty of the geometric pattern on the turtle shell, the momidasi technique is used to polish it, so that the reflection effect of light and shadow is more accurate and perfect. The green eyes are inlaid with raden technology. The lotus floating above the microwave on the back uses a taka-maki painting technique like a three-dimensional relief, showing a three-dimensional beauty.
 Métiers d’Art-La Symbolique × Des Laques ‘Turtle and Lotus’ Cal. 1003SQ hand-finished movement ∕ 18K rose gold material ∕ hour and minute indication ∕ Geneva mark ∕ sapphire crystal mirror, bottom cover ∕ waterproof 30 meters ∕ limited 20 set
 Enamelling × Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris Since the era of pocket watches, clocks and watches incorporating enamel painting have always been regarded as masterpieces of top art masters. Among them, micro-enamel painting is the most difficult. In addition to the enamel painter must have Quite a high level of artistic accomplishment and skilled painting skills can be used to paint on a tiny case or faceplate that is many times smaller than the canvas. At the same time, the enamel must be layered and fired. Not only is the complicated process, the firing process also The fire must be controlled precisely and the failure rate is quite high. However, if the enamel-painted work is properly preserved after completion, it can maintain the original vivid color tone even after hundreds of years, so it is regarded as a very precious watch decoration art. Vacheron Constantin, which has been established in Geneva for more than 250 years, has also launched many pocket watch works with exquisite enamel paintings in the past, and this process has also been perfectly inherited by Vacheron Constantin, such as this one with the theme of Chagall’s dome wall The set of watches is the perfect masterpiece to pay tribute to contemporary art masters through this precious craftsmanship.

 Vacheron Constantin’s Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris series is specially cooperated with the most prestigious enamel painting master Anita Porchet. From 2010, Marc Chagall (July 7, 1887-March 28, 1985) ) An enamel-painted watch with a dome-painting theme for the Charles Garnier Opera Hall in 1964 pays tribute to Chagall and 14 great composers in history through the ultimate in watchmaking. In order to reproduce the vivid tones and shapes of the classic dome paintings drawn by Chagall on a detailed watch, the master’s paintings are particularly miniature on the faceplate using the extremely difficult micro-painting enamel technique. Among them, the first work launched in 2010 presents a full picture of a 200-square-meter dome painting in the Garnier Opera Hall. The baroque decoration on the edge of the dome painting is also interpreted by the technique of gold carving. The opera heroes, romances, or legends of the great composers, including Gee, are reappearing on the detailed surface.

 Métiers d’Art-Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris ‘A tribute to well-known composers’ Cal. 2460 automatic winding machine ∕ 18K gold material ∕ hour, minute and second indication ∕ Geneva mark ∕ sapphire crystal mirror, inner case back ∕ Water-resistant to 30 meters
 The enamel master first applied a layer of white enamel on the dial and fired it at a high temperature of about 900 ° C to make a substrate as a ‘background canvas.’ Then, using a brush made of two or three mink hairs, the outlines of various patterns and gradually The progressive color of the layer is finally formed after 20 high-temperature firings.

 The tribute to well-known composers uses a long-lasting high-temperature open flame enamel process to truly reproduce Chagall’s creations, minimizing every detail of the dome mural of the Garnier Opera Hall on the delicate faceplate, even the edges The Baroque-style decoration is also presented with gold carving techniques, like the exquisite miniature of the entire dome mural.

Audemars Piguet Presents Sun Xun’s Work Time Spy At The West Coast Art & Design Expo 2018

From November 8th to 11th, 2018, the Fifth West Coast Art and Design Fair was held at Shanghai West Coast Art Center. Swiss fine watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet is the exclusive fine jewelry and watch sponsor of this artistic event for the first time this year. The West Coast Art & Design Fair has always been presented with the highest-spec lineup of exhibits, becoming one of China’s most watched art events. This year, the West Coast Art and Design Fair brings together 112 internationally important galleries from 41 cities in Asia, Europe and North America, presenting collectors and audiences with high-quality contemporary art works not to be missed. During the West Coast Art and Design Expo, Audemars Piguet presented the ten-minute 3D freeze-frame animation work ‘TimeSpy’ created by Chinese artist Sun Xun for the 2016 ‘Audemars Piguet Art Creation Commission’ in the exhibition hall.

Audemars Piguet Art and Design Expo 2018

The 3D freeze-frame animation work ‘TimeSpy’ unveiled in the Audemars Piguet showroom at the West Coast Art & Design Expo 2018 comes from the large-scale immersive multimedia installation artwork ‘Reconstruction of the Universe’ by artist Sun Xun, in 2016 The first exhibition at the Basel Art Fair in Miami. Reconstruction of the Universe uses immersive creative concepts, combining 2D and 3D animation, and the combination of traditional scroll paintings, ink paintings, sound installations, different architectural and design elements, presented in a giant exhibition hall made of bent bamboo To create an extraordinary sensory experience for the audience. This ten-minute animated work consists of 10,000 hand-made woodcuts, telling stories about cosmology, philosophy of time, and personal history.

Audemars Piguet Art and Design Expo 2018

TimeSpy is a grand art work with the theme of time. With the help of 2D and 3D imaging technology, animated images are projected on a plane. The image contains 10,000 woodcut works, showing the animal and human Mixed images, quirky mobile installations and fantastic scenes, from scenes in outer space, to the artist’s memory of his hometown of China, and the perception of Vallée de Joux, the birthplace of Audemars Piguet. This ten-minute animated film shows the artist Sun Xun’s contemplation of time, universe and personal history in a surreal way. TimeSpy was presented in Times Square, New York in July 2017, and is shown three minutes before midnight every day.

Sun Xun’s work ‘TimeSpy’

Artist Sun Xun’s expressionist style works combine ancient art heritage and cutting-edge innovative technology, combining meticulous production technology with experimental style. He is good at creating with various media such as sketch, painting, animation and installation art. He uses painting, woodcut, traditional Chinese ink painting, and charcoal to create expressive stop motion animation images. Realism style and mythological imagery create shocking audiovisual effects. His cross-border talent and experimental creative approach perfectly fit Audemars Piguet’s forward-thinking and technological pursuits.

Sun Xun, Artist of Audemars Piguet Art Creation Commission

Sun Xun’s video installation artwork ‘Reinventing the Universe’: Art Basel Miami 2016

‘To break the rules, you must first master them.’

Vacheron Constantin Miniature Mask On The Wrist

Vacheron Constantin has recently become obsessed with ‘miniaturization’-miniature original primitive tribal masks in the Barbier-Mueller Museum into watches, launched a new mask watch.
The masks of Minjiang Shidangden concentrated on the watch only need a glance to have a feeling of being stared deeply. When Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Ar “t Les Masques” master series debuted in 2007, the brand has again challenged the “miniaturization” process and launched a new mask watch, which is also a replica of the four original masks, drawn from materials From Mexico, Japan, Gabon and Papua New Guinea-this ‘miniaturization’ reduces the size, and perfectly reproduces the original poetic and spirit of the mask. Even because it is concentrated in the small dial, the mask The kind of mysterious gas field is more vivid.
1. Japanese mask

Japanese mask
的 The watch with the Japanese religious Buddha mask as the dial exudes a gentle and detailed light like Haoyue. The mask seems to represent Amitabha, and it contains the meaning of ‘magnitudeless light’ or ‘magnitude of life’. It is said that this Buddha is one of the five wise Buddhas, and is responsible for drawing followers who have died out of life to another world.
2. Papua New Guinea Mask

Papua New Guinea Mask
面具 This mask is a collection of animal-shaped and anthropomorphic features. It comes from the Sepik Estuary and has a variety of shapes, but it has a long hook nose that looks like a hawk and an animal straw. In order to realistically reproduce the masculine atmosphere of the mask, Vacheron Constantin’s production team specially used red gold to paint the wooden mask.
3. Mexican mask

Mexican mask
Because the original mask is made of clay as the main material, Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking team perfectly reproduced the texture of the pottery on the surface and decided to use Matt pumice powder with different thicknesses as raw materials. When blended and smeared, it really recreates the original texture of the pottery, and the effect is more natural and real.

Low-key And Elegant Vacheron Constantin Heritage 14th Chain Tourbillon Watch

The latest model of Vacheron Constantin is equipped with an unparalleled 14-day tourbillon movement in an elegant low-key round case. This latest model of the Patrimony Traditionnelle line is also the brand’s first watch to meet Poinçon de Genève’s (Geneva hallmark) new standard for the Geneva mark.

 The new Calibre 2260 movement was developed by Vacheron Constantin’s design engineers and watchmakers. The movement perfectly matches the design of the case. Its manual winding movement continuously outputs high-quality kinetic energy for the watch for up to 14 days. . Two sets of barrels are used in parallel, each of which is made of two barrels in series, so a total of four barrels are used, which means that they relax at the same time, but are four times slower than a single barrel.

 The new Calibre 2260 movement consists of 231 components and two large bridges (instead of the three bridges of the previous Vacheron Constantin tourbillon). The tourbillon bridge is inspired by the brand’s iconic Maltese cross and showcases the excellent craftsmanship of each part of the movement, including a large number of internal corners, bevels that are completely handmade. It is completely handmade according to the ancient method. It is very time-consuming and labor-intensive to polish. It only takes more than 11 hours to polish the upper bracket of the tourbillon to achieve the best results.

 The positions of the hour and minute hands driven by the Calibre 2260 are slightly off-center, while the 14-day power reserve is displayed in a 280-degree arc for improved readability. The 12 o’clock display and minute scale bezel on the silver opal dial are inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s rich cultural heritage.

 Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the first watch officially produced by Vacheron Constantin under the new rules of the Geneva Seal. The new standard is to certify the entire watch, rather than just the movement as before. On the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Geneva Seal, this world-renowned seal has further improved its standards in response to the vigorous development of the watchmaking industry, the rapid development of watchmaking technology and the continuous innovation of materials. The new standard requires regular sample testing of all manufacturers applying for certification and a rigorous seven-day precision test.

Oris Launched Raid 2013 Limited Edition Chronograph

The well-known Swiss watch brand Oris has recently become the official timing partner of the RAID car rally, and has also launched a RAID 2013 limited edition chronograph watch.

 RAID was originally tested by French automakers in Africa for quality, but in the 1990s, RAID classic car rallying was gradually formed, and it was also famous for its beautiful racing circuit. The 600-mile race stretched from Basel to romantic Paris.

 Closer to home, this RAID 2013 limited edition chronograph watch introduced by Oris uses a 44 mm stainless steel case with a water resistance of 50 meters, a white Arabic numerals on the black dial, and 9 o’clock It is a small seconds dial. The scale and hands on the dial are covered with a white compound with a fluorescent coating to ensure accurate reading when the light is dim. Of course, the attentive person can feel that the design of the dial is borrowed from the design elements of the dashboard of the car.

 Of course, the bottom of the table is also engraved with a special RAID Switzerland-Paris logo. Such a logo is also a very meaningful symbol.

 The new RAID 2013 limited edition chronograph is equipped with the Oris 775 self-winding movement, which oscillates at 28,800 times per hour and provides a 40-hour power reserve. At the same time, the watch is equipped with a black leather strap and stainless steel folding buckle. It is limited to 500 pieces, and the price of each piece is about 3500 enamels.