Vacheron Constantin supports the Louvre Museum in the “Bid for the Louvre” auction from December 1st to 15th 2020 exclusively on the Christie’s website. Swiss watchmaker will auction off a bespoke one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch, whose dial will reproduce in miniature enamel or grisaille enamel an artwork kept in the Louvre Museum and chosen by its buyer. The entire proceeds will be donated to the museum’s solidarity projects.
The buyer of this bespoke watch can personalise it through full participation in its creation, along with experts and master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin and Le Louvre. In addition to the dial, which will reproduce an artwork from the Louvre Museum, they will be able to choose the case material – platinum or pink or white gold – to have an engraving made on the officer-type case-back; and select a strap from among the many possibilities of materials and colors. This timepiece will be powered by in-house Calibre 2460 SC, created according to the demanding standards of Vacheron Constantin and Haute Horlogerie in terms of both reliability and finishing.
First, the successful bidder will head to Paris to visit the Louvre Museum and select the masterpiece that will be reproduced in enamel on the dial.After that, the Vacheron Constantin Master enameller will use the miniature enamel or grisaille enamel technique. One of the main challenges of this method consists in composing a color palette compliant with the original shades of the work, while remaining keenly aware that the multiple firings in the kiln at over 800°C are liable to alter its colour and brilliance.
During a private visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in Geneva, the acquirer of this exceptional piece will meet the creative talents of the design studio, the master watchmakers, as well as enamellers and engravers working on the watch. A platinum, pink gold or white gold case, engraving on the case and officer case-back, a choice of strap – material, color, stitching and marking – are just some of the many possibilities available to personalise this timepiece powered by the Manufacture 2460 SC self-winding calibre.
The transparent case-back showcases a 22-carat gold oscillating weight openworked in the shape of a Maltese cross, the symbol of Vacheron Constantin, as well as hand finishing, bevelling, circular-graining and polishing. The watch comes with two certificates of authenticity: one from Vacheron Constantin; and another from Le Louvre Museum certifying the reproduction of the artwork.
Article source: Luxexpose