The latest addition to VacheronConstantin’s Métiers d’Art line is a new exquisite collection of three one-of-a-kind timepieces called Métiers d’ArtHommage à l’Art de la Danse. They were decorated using the ancestral art of Grand Feu grisaille enameling, and the sources of inspiration for the superb dials were iconic paintings by Edgar Degas.
Degas was a famous French artist who was fascinated by the art of dance, and who illustrated it beautifully in many of his works. For this particular collection the paintings that acted as inspiration were Ballet Room at the Opera in Rue le Peletier (1874 oil on canvas), Two Dancers on Stage (1874 oil on canvas), and Ballet Rehearsal (1873 oil on canvas).
Aside from paying homage to the art of dance, the exclusive collection also revives the very old art of Grand Feu grisaille enameling. This ancestral technique was executed with such stunning precision, that even the smallest creases in the ballerinas’ dresses, the transparency of the materials, and the delicate flowers of the decor have accurately been revealed on the small dials.
These miniature masterpieces feature 18 carat white gold cases and are water resistant to 30 meters. Powering them are in-house mechanically hand-wound Caliber 2460 SC mechanisms with 182 components and 27 jewels that provide 40 hours of power reserve.