The Only Watch auction is organised by Antiquorum and take place on Sept 22, 2011. The aim is to auction unique pieces, prototypes or n° of a limited series watches, the proceeds of which will go to the AMM, an association which funds research against muscular dystrophies.
This year Vacheron Constantin's unique piece, inspired by Escher's drawings, merges different crafts such as guillochage, engraving, enamelling and gem setting.
Believe me the final result is pure poetry!
From the press release:
Dove watch – one-of-a-kind creation for Only Watch 2011
This model embodies an exceptional association of the famous Métiers d’Art cultivated within the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin: engraver, enameller, gemsetter and guillocher are working together to create this unique magnificent watch, especially developed for Only Watch. Inspired by the technique of repetitive tiling designs known as tessellation, this “Métiers d’Art – Perspectives d’Art” watch invites observers to explore a reality that plays with human perception.
This watch combines several of the Manufacture’s artistic crafts that vividly express the theme of perspective in order to accentuate the sense of depth, each according to its own technique. The watches gold, enamelled and diamond-set dial adopts concepts such as geometry, symbolism and motion, subtly nesting and layering them in order to generate several levels of meaning and interpretation.
This timepiece is inspired by a drawing by Maurits Cornelis Escher – a Dutch engraver and graphic artist (1898-1972) whose work was based on a subtle play on architecture, perspective and space. This one-of-a-kind creation depicts a flight of red and white doves – the Only Watch colours - born from the Métiers d’Art exercised within the Manufacture. These birds - symbols of hope and love - are exquisitely interlocking like jigsaw puzzle parts or tessellations, these skills combine in creating a truly stunning decorative motif. Within the case beats high-precision mechanical self-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460, bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. In addition to the extreme reliability of this entirely in-house developed and produced mechanism, it is adorned with exquisite hand finishes crafted in accordance with Geneva’s noblest Fine Watchmaking traditions.
the brand name is printed on the crystan and not on the dial:
the case is the same as for the Metiers d'Art Maki-e
Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Dove”
Special Model for “Only Watch”
Calibre 2460 SC, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter 26.20 mm (11 lignes ¼ )
Movement thickness 3.60 mm
Frequency 4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Number of components 182
Indications Hours, minutes and center seconds
Power reserve Approximately 40 hours
Case 18K white gold
40 mm diameter
Water-Resistance 3 bar (about 30 meters)
Dial 18K gold
Engraving with champlevé enamelling
Red birds: translucide enamelling
White birds: opalescent enamelling
Gold birds: hand-guilloché
One bird set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx 0.08 carat
Strap Black Mississippiensis alligator, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp 18K white gold buckle, polished half Maltese cross