|Quick specs Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières
Price: € 108.000 | approx. $ 118,000 | approx. £ 92,000
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 86222/000G-B105 (New York) | 86222/000G-B104 (Paris) | 86222/000G-B101 (Geneva)
If you live in the city center of New York, Paris or Geneva, you might be able to see your house on the dial of this Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières. It’s a good thing Vacheron Constantin delivers a magnifying glass with it.
VC launches three models of the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières, all with an aerial view of three of the world’s most illuminated cities. And more cities will follow.
The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières shows a stunning bird-view by night of New York, Paris or Geneva
The eye-catcher is, of course, the dial. The 18K white gold dial is hollowed out by hand, following the outlines of streets, rivers, parks and gardens. The next step is applying successive layers of translucent colored enamels. After each applied layer the dial is fired at a temperature of 1,562° Fahrenheit or 850° Celsius. Grand Feu champlevé enameling.
Then the Japanese artist Yoko Imai enlivens the enamel of the watch by creating a fascinating chiaroscuro effect. This is an optical technique that relies on tonal contrasts between light and dark to recreate three-dimensional forms. Applying precious powders is similar to the art of calligraphy. Yoko Imai uses a thin stylus to individually affix the powder particles to the surface of the dial. The whole process takes about three months. The end-result is a stunning 3D bird-view of the cities landscape.
The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières will only be available in Constantin Vacheron’s boutiques around the world. In limited numbers of 20 pieces each. The price of more than 100,000 US dollars or Euro’s makes sense if you consider this is not only a watch; it’s a piece of art as well.
technical data Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières
86222/000G-B105 (New York) | 86222/000G-B104 (Paris) | 86222/000G-B101 (Geneva)
Vacheron Constantin 2460 SC | Automatic | Diameter: 26.2 mm / 11¼ lignes | Thickness: 3.6 mm | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 27 | Parts: 182 | Hallmark of Geneva | Hours, minutes, seconds | Power-reserve: 40 hours
|Case & dial:
40 mm | 18K white gold | Thickness: 8.9 mm | Transparent sapphire crystal case back | 18K white gold dial with Grand Feu champlevé enameling | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Black alligator Mississippiensis leather | Ardillon buckle in 18K white gold
|Price Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières:
€ 108.000 | approx. $ 118,000 | approx. £ 92,000