‘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.