In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

Chagall & l'Opera de Paris, Tribute to Berlioz (Romeo et Juliette)

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz


In 2010 Vacheron Constantin created a unique timepiece The Chagall et l’Opera de Paris - Tribute to the Great Composers whose enamel dial is a reproduction of the Paris Opera Garnier ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964. Vacheron Constantin decided to keep this watch in its private collection but to create 11 unique pieces each representing one of the composers depicted in Chagall's original painting.

Here is the 6th piece of the series with an enamel painting inspired by Chagall’s vision of Romeo and Juliette by Hector Berlioz
This dial is based on the grand feu Geneva enamel technique which is the one that undoubtedly requires the greatest expertise from the master enameller. On a dial measuring 1 mm thick and 31.50 mm in diameter, the artist starts by tracing the outlines of the various motifs with a brush consisting of two or three marten’s hairs and successively fires the dial to fasten the colors.

The Geneva technique of miniature enamelling with a protective flux coating is undoubtedly that which requires the greatest expertise from the master enameller. On a dial measuring 1 mm thick and 31.50 mm in diameter, a white base enamel - that is extremely hard because of its high fusion point - is applied on the dial. This dial undergoes a first firing at a temperature of around 900°C in order to be able to withstand the many subsequent firings in the furnace. 

On this white enamel base serving as a “background canvas”, the artist starts by tracing the outlines of the various motifs with a brush consisting of two or three marten’s hairs. Using a strong binocular magnifying instrument, she recreated the atmosphere and the emotional vibrations of the work to be reproduced in miniature. This involved a few touches of colour on the chosen shade, placed in successive points in an extremely precise order, moving throughout the entire process from the softer shades to the purer, brighter ones. The extremely fine powders and pigments used for miniature enamel paintings are blended with oils such as lily flower oil, to make them easier to apply. 
When the miniature enamelled painting has been completed and fired for the last time, it is generally coated with two or three layers of a finishing flux consisting of a transparent enamel serving to protect the work from the potential effects of ageing. Following the final firing of this flux (at 800°C), a fine polish with an abrasive stone is performed, followed by the final polishing operation after the last vitrification in order to achieve the full radiance and pictorial splendour of the work. 

Housed in a 40mm yellow gold case the watch beats to the cadence of Cal 2460.


In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz

your photos Alex? They are even better than the press ones from the
12/18/2012 - 15:53
Club ! These Chagalls are getting better and better and even though I'm not a fan of green this one is stunning heart
Re: In the flesh scans: Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Berlioz
12/18/2012 - 16:22
Outstanding photos Alex! A magnificent dial. The painting really captures the essence of Chagall's work. Anyone would be proud to own this masterpiece. To think of all the work that went into this piece, the subtleties of colour and the vivid brush stokes recreated in enamel makes one gasp in amazement and disbelief. After you learn what goes into creating an enamel dial at the Vacheron Manufacture, it's even more astounding. Congratulations to Vacheron and the very lucky owner. Joseph
a true masterpiece!
12/19/2012 - 11:34
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