Vacheron Constantin launches Metiers d'Art Hommage a l'Art de la Danse
June 16, 2014: Vacheron Constantin has unveiled three new one-of-a-kind additions to its Métiersd’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse collection, based on the highlights of a ballerina’s daily life: learning, training and performance. These creations revisit the ancestral art of Grand Feugrisaille enamelling to highlight the art of classical ballet by reinterpreting the works of Edgar Degas.
These three new Métiersd’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse watches crystallise the magic and subtle alchemy between three arts: that of the ballerina, the enameller, and the watchmaker. Within a white gold frame, Degas’ ballerinas glide gracefully beneath the ever-dancing hands. The master enamel artist drew inspiration from three paintings by the master and represent three highlights in the life of a ballerina: dance school with Dancers Practicing at the Barre, dated 1877 and on show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA); the backstage of a dress rehearsal with Dancers near a Set, dated 1888 and belonging to a private collection; and the pinnacle of a ballerina’s life with Two Dancers Entering the Stage, painted circa 1877-1878 and exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, USA).
The finesse of Grand Feugrisaille enamel painting reveals the slightest details of the protagonists: the tiniest fold of the tutus, the smooth velvet of the ribbons encircling their neck, the transparency of tulle and muslin. The Vacheron Constantin master enamel artist reinterprets the exact moment, the gestures, the pose and the perspective, playing on chiaroscuro light and shade effects to anchor the scene firmly in reality.
Framed to perfection by the understated elegance of a finely polished 40 mm-diameter case, the watches are entirely handcrafted with infinite patience, meticulous care and intense concentration. The watches move to the regular beat of the self-winding Calibre 2460, entirely developed and crafted in the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. The Métiersd’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse watches bear the prestigious Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva), the ultimate token of Haute Horlogerie testifying to the quality, craftsmanship and reliability of an exceptional timepiece produced in Genevan territory.
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