Exclusive Preview: Symbolique des Laques Maki-e 3rd and last set

The third and last set in the collection pays tribute to the natural beauty of the seasons, called “Setsugekka”. Vacheron Constantin chose 3 season spring, autumn and winter:  "Hanami, Tsukimi and Yukimi” represented by snowflakes, cherry flowers and the full moon. It took no less than seven months to create the two dials produced for each model.

These watches use a ruthenium coated skeletonized version of Cal 1003.

 “Hanami” watch: contemplating the flowers in the spring

A seasonal phenomenon that is typical of Japan, the flowering of the cherry trees is the epitome of renewal. From March to the beginning of May, the cherry trees are dressed in their pink hues and shower the country in a hail of petals, like as many symbols of purity, integrity and longevity. Due to the great length of the country, the explosion into blossom does not happen in all regions at the same time. 

Cherry blossoms are usually associated with weeping willows, with their respective pink and green hues providing appealing colour harmony. The face of the dial of the “Hanami” watch has the grace of the burgeoning flowers, while its back is caressed by the gentle rustling of the willow leaves, whose movement illuminates the delicacy of the motif. The typical Japanese bridge which straddles the water features of the park rounds off the scene, instilling it with a sense of great serenity.

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“Tsukimi” watch: contemplating the moon in autumn
The evening of contemplation of the full moon – or “Tsukimi” – honours the first full moon of autumn. This custom with Chinese origins was introduced in Japan during the Heian era (794–1185). At the time, the nobles of the Imperial Court got together in the moonlight to compose poems and listen to music. The contemplation of the full moon in September became a popular practice during the Edo era (1603–1868) and peasants included it in their rites to mark the end of the harvest. The full moon hidden by a few clouds is considered to be the height of refinement and elegance in Japanese culture.

On the dial of the “Tsukimi” watch, the clouds suspended against the black lacquer create a trompe-l’œil effect in subtle misty graded shades escorting the full moon. Japanese maples dressed in a bright red autumn robe cover the back of the watch side by side with a “torii” portal, commonly built at the entrance to Shintoist sanctuaries in order to separate the sacred area from the wicked environment, a reminder of the extent to which the Japanese people remain attached to their traditions.

 contemplating the moon in autumn The evening of contemplation of the full moon – or “Tsukimi” – honours the first full moon of autumn. This custom with Chinese origins was introduced in Japan during the Heian era (794–1185). At the time, the nobles of the Imperial Court got together in the moonlight to compose poems and listen to music. The contemplation of the full moon in Septembe

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“Yukimi” watch: contemplating the snow in winter
The “Yukumi” tradition takes place in winter. During this period, the Japanese revel in the pleasure of watching the snow fall gently. The silence of the slow fall of flakes, the frozen air and the serenity of the moment are usually enjoyed in groups. In order to protect the trees from oft heavy, thick snow that might bend them under its weight, the Japanese protect them with conical structures made of rope and bamboo, called “Yukizuri”.
The “Yukumi” watch tells the story of this winter ritual. On the face, the frail sihouettes of the snow crystals stand out against the black lacquer background. On the back, the impressive geometry of the “Yukizuri” has a light elegance revealed by the gold powder of “maki-e”. In certain gardens, it is traditional to light up the “Yukizori” at night, and their gold reflections metamorphose the area into a winter paradise.

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Re: Exclusive Preview: Symbolique des Laques Maki-e 3rd and last set
03/29/2012 - 11:58
Beautiful. Truly word class...these are works of art, not watches...almost like sculptures. Bravo VC!
In the flesh scans
03/29/2012 - 12:08
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not my cup of tea as watches but the art work is brilliant!
03/29/2012 - 16:43
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Magical Marriage
03/29/2012 - 17:37
A real marriage of art and horology, perhaps slightly inspired by the demi-hunters of the past?
Re: Exclusive Preview: Symbolique des Laques Maki-e 3rd and last set
03/30/2012 - 05:36
I agree this is incredible artwork.  I think there is a podcast in iTunes which show how this is done.
Beautiful as always, Thanks for Sahring
03/31/2012 - 00:32
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