Watches: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d'Art Florilège 2015
By Thierry Ané on May 12, 2015
Two years have already gone by since Vacheron Constantin introduced the first series of “Métiers d'Art Florilège” models. With the China Limodoron, the Queen and the White Lily, the immensely skilled artists of this renowned Manufacture offered a vibrant tribute to the irresistible beauty of Nature using hand-guilloché and Grand Feu cloisonné translucent enamel techniques.
The previous three Florilège timepieces
Framed in a discreet yet refined round 37 mm white gold case, sumptuous dials requiring painstaking hand-work revealed the poetic side of flowers in an explosion of colours. Simply enhanced by a row of brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and beautiful large-scale shiny alligator straps matching the flowers’ hues, these exceptional creations limited to 20 pieces each proved that this Manufacture is equally at ease designing men’s and women’s timepieces.
Placing inside these timekeepers the in-house manually-wound 4400 calibre bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, they also made it perfectly clear that in their workshops, women’s timepieces are not just about the aesthetic side: women’s watches also have to be faithful to the Fine Watchmaking heritage of this great Maison.
The inspiration for the three new watches
After a long but well-worth wait, Vacheron Constantin is unveiling the second trilogy of the “Métiers d'Art Florilège” collection. Always inspired by the botanical illustrations of “The Temple of Flora” by Robert John Thornton, the new opuses capture the effortless beauty of the Renealmia, the Tulip, and the Rose Centifolia.
To preserve the unity of this collection, the brand used the same white gold case enhanced by the sparkles of brilliant-cut diamonds and gorgeous shades of shiny alligator leather. The new models are still powered by the time-only 4400 movement and its finishing worthy of the Geneva Seal can always be admired through the sapphire case back.
Needless to say, the amazing dials are once again the centre of the show! These miniature works of art combine the expertise and dexterity of the master guillocheur and the enamellist and miniature painter. The former meticulously outlined the petals, stems, leaves, buds and pistils of each flower on the gold dial plate. It was then renowned artist Anita Porchet who applied the enamel to the motif traced by the guillocheur. Together, they created extremely realistic renditions of these beautiful flowers.
These stunning creations will join the very long list of exceptional Métiers d’Art models created by the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin and adorn the wrist of very privileged women… unless they are bought as works of art to collect by male watch connoisseurs who appreciate the breathtaking beauty of these botanical masterpieces.
For more information please visit the Vacheron Constantin web site.