Vacheron Constantin is a specialist in the arts of fine watchmaking. From movement to sublime adornment, this brand has been weaving master crafts together in timepieces since its inception nearly 260 years ago. Thus it doesn’t surprise us that one of this year’s main focuses would be on combining the art of skeleton zing with its fine watchmaking craft. The result of this skeleton direction includes a host of stunning ultra refined timepieces for men and women.
For the men’s’ pieces,Vacheron Constantin looked toward 19th century architecture — particularly the domed roofs of trains stations – for inspiration in its sculptural skeletonized open working . The caliber 4400 – found in the Ajourees watch from the Métier’s d’ Art Mecaniques collection – is a prime example of a superb blend of antiquity and modernity – in that it feature finely finished open working of the movement inspired by designs of the industrial revolution – juxtaposed to a stunning ultra-modern yet quite heritage-inspired Grand Feu enamel outer chapter ring – offered in either black, blue or gray.
Open working a movement involves meticulous workmanship – hollowing out the mechanical parts as much as possible to create a skeleton view of how the pieces work – and how majestically they are finished. By also transforming the world of art into an architectural expression – all the while not hindering the function of the parts – Vacheron Constantin’s artists have accomplished sheer magnificent for the wrist. The entire Ajourees timepiece is certified by the Hallmark of Geneva and is a dream comes true for those who love to have the best skeletons in their closet.
You can view the video below for a close up look at the inspiration behind Vacheron Constantin’s inspiration for its gent’s skeleton timepieces.