Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis
Vacheron Constantin launched the Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis series for the first time at the Geneva International Haute Horlogerie 2012. As the second watch of the series, the new Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis series watch concept of the first watch draws inspiration from the paintings of the Dutch painter Ai Xue and inlays the graphic art on the plane Warm compliments.
In 2014, Vacheron Constantin launched the second set of Métiers d ‘Art Les Univers Infinis.
The new series of watches fully demonstrates the infinite creativity of Vacheron Constantin craftsmen, and also conveys the continuous connection between Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking and culture since its establishment. The confluence of history, present and future in this new series of watches shows that the master craftsman of the brand, despite facing severe challenges in the watchmaking process, can still successfully meet the challenges with his outstanding talent, meticulous professionalism and creative inspiration. .
The three new watches of the Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis collection combine a variety of processes, and the checkerboard flat pavé process makes them exude a shocking charm. In addition, gold and mother-of-pearl fine inlay technology is the first time in Vacheron Constantin’s art master series. It combines carving, enamel painting, gem setting, and machine-engraving to create geometric, dynamic and engraving on the dial. Trompe l’oeil symbolizing perfect interweaving. The dial is filled with interlaced repeating patterns, creating an excellent sense of infinite extension and perspective. The platinum case is equipped with a delicate and elegant atmosphere. The slim bezel design allows the dial to be displayed to the fullest extent, while the elegant hollowed-out hands provide ample interpretation space for the checkered carving art.
The watch is certified by the Geneva Seal and is equipped with a 2460 automatic mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. This movement is not only of reliable quality, but also inherits the tradition of fine watchmaking and is polished by hand. Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can clearly see the polished inner corners, the side of the hand-decorated movement, the main splint decorated with round grain, the bridge with the Geneva ripple decoration, and the elegant interweave decoration. Machine-engraved gold oscillating weight.
‘Angel’ watch: hand-carved, machine-engraved engraved and painted paintings
The dial of this charming watch presents a stark contrast between angels and devil, which is very symbolic and aesthetic. The angels are in balance with the devil sneaking in the darkness. The watch is based on Ai Xue’s ‘Circular Limit’. It adopts a decorative style that infinitely extends repetitive elements from the center to the surroundings. It is subtly integrated into each pattern with carving, enamel painting and machine-engraving. Shows a sense of depth and a bright mirror effect.
The sculptor first carved the outline of the pattern on the platinum base, and then hollowed out the middle for later enamel modification. Afterwards, copper plate carving was performed. The outline of the devil and the detailed pattern were first outlined, and then the enamel master filled the enamel in the hollow groove. This process requires extremely high accuracy. Because the patterns are repeated and symmetrical, it is absolutely necessary. No slight flaws are allowed. After repeated firing in the kiln several times, gray and blue enamel gradually appeared, and the enamel master finally filled with a layer of translucent enamel glaze to highlight the depth of the carved pattern. Subsequently, the master carved carving carved the angel’s robes and wings one by one through detailed operations. Enamel painting with machine-engraved carving as the last process is extremely rare, because this process is extremely complicated, and the enamel layer is very fragile. As long as a slight loss in operation will burn the valuable work results of the entire process team, leading to the loss of previous achievements.
Vacheron Constantin Limited Universe Set-Angel Watch (limited to 20 pieces), priced at NT $ 3,860,000.
‘Lizard’ watch: hand-carved, painted with big fire enamel, gem setting and machine-engraved carving
The red and brown lizards on the dial are either inlaid with precious stones or flashed with a touch of silver, showing their lifelike, beautiful and charming dynamics. The watch was inspired by the Dutch artist’s print ‘The Lizard’, which combines four ancient decorative techniques to shape the picture.
The sculptor carved out the outline of the pattern on the gold base, and then the enamel master filled the south-facing lizard with taupe enamel, and the west-facing lizard was coated with dark red enamel. Next, the gem-setter set the round-cut diamonds one by one on the enamel surface of several lizards. In the end, the master carved sculpture carved out the scales of only a few centimeters of the remaining lizards, and used ingenious manual techniques to infuse the lizard with infinite vitality and vitality.
Vacheron Constantin Limited Universe Limited Set-Lizard Watch (Limited to 20), priced at NT $ 3,990,000.
‘Knight’ watch: hand-carved with fine gold and mother-of-pearl inlay
The heroic Turkish knights are crafted with extraordinary gold and mother-of-pearl inlays, and their unique pride fully stretches across the dial. The bright colors of gold and mother-of-pearl make them more pleasing to the eye.
Fine mosaic is an ancient decorative technique. The ancient Egyptians used this technique to inlaid gems and ivory on jewelry boxes and furniture. In the Middle Ages, Venice and the Byzantine Empire exported a large number of luxury craft products to Western countries. The black and white geometric patterns decorated with gold, ivory or mother-of-pearl were inlaid on wooden panels and combined with subtle shade changes. .
The master of fine inlay craftsmanship uses two very different materials to create an extremely complex pattern. They first carved out the appearance of each knight with gold and mother-of-pearl, and carefully spliced them out on the gold chassis as if they were playing puzzles. There are no obvious gaps between each pattern, and it is not easy to achieve this extremely detailed process between square inches. Special care must also be taken when handling mother-of-pearl, because mother-of-pearl is not only extremely fragile, but its thickness, color, and lightness must also be properly matched. Also, as it closely fits the gold patch, its curve and straight connection must be maintained Highly streamlined. The last process was handed to the master of sculpting, and the detailed lines of the knight and horse were carved by the carving process.
Vacheron Constantin Limited Universe Limited Set-Knight Watch (Limited to 20), priced at NT $ 3,860,000.
Plane Mosaic Art: Infinite Extension of Space
The time of the birth of the plane-paved mosaic is no longer traceable. People only know that it has evolved from the Latin word ‘tessela’ paving stones or bricks, and has passed through millennia of civilization and culture. The checkerboard-type flat paving technique fills the entire picture space to create a pattern consisting of interconnections. There are no gaps between the blocks. It is usually used on the floor, wall and ceiling to form a decorative style with a geometric meaning. As early as 4000 BC, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia used this mosaic technique to decorate the craft. Later, although the Romans also used it as a major decorative pattern and widely used in their own architectural design, there is no doubt that the Moors improved this craftsmanship to art between 100 and 1500 AD. Level, because at that time Islam prohibited the Moors from painting people or other real objects.
In addition, countless mathematicians have a keen interest in this artistic technique and regard it as an artistic expression of science and logic. Scholars who hold this view include the famous Greek scientist Archimedes of the century BC, who has studied geometric layout. Astronomer Johannes. In his book Harmonice Mundi, Johannnes Kleper presents a number of polygonal checkerboard flat mosaics. Contemporary artist Brigitte. Bridget Riley and Victor. Victor Vasarely also draws inspiration from this artistic technique, and Ai Xue is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding modern artists who express the art of flat mosaic.
Moritz. Cornelis. Ai Xue: Geometric Art
Dutch painter and sculptor Moritz. Cornelis. The work of Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) fully reflects the intentional expression and ingenious combination of architecture, perspective and space aesthetics. With her outstanding painting and sculpting strength and rich creativity, Ai Xue applied easy and skilled techniques to visual errors, and even used rational fantasy to create new pictures and things that only exist on the plane but have a great sense of space. While visiting Spanish travel sites, Aishe found many flat-panel checkerboards on brick tiles of Moorish buildings such as Alhambra and Cordoba Mosque in Grenada The pattern of the mosaic technique, Ai Xue has since fallen in love with this ancient art, and combined it with strong mathematical elements into his works, walking between art and science. For Ai Xue, the use of image design instead of abstract geometric shapes for composition has become his lifelong aspiration and inexhaustible source of inspiration.
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