The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

If you recall in November Vacheron Constantin had released a unique piece with a stunning enamel dial representing Marc Chagall's painting on the ceiling of the Paris opera. This unique piece was not meant for sale but to stay within Vacheron Constantin's private collection

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

It was nevertheless decided to create fourteen unique pieces each with a dial representing one of the composers paid homage to by Chagall.

The first one is Tchaïkovski and his Swan's Lake

excerpt from press release:
Dazzling! Tchaïkovski’s work as seen by Chagall is radiant. With yellow as the predominant colour, it seems to have a triumphant life of its own, which is brought out by the simplicity of the 40-mm-diameter case of finely polished gold. Entirely handmade – with patience, attention to detail and concentration – the enamelled miniature reflects the original spirit of Tchaïkovski’s work. The Russian ballet’s masterpiece, “Swan Lake” was the first ballet to have music written by a symphonic composer. The master dreamed up this fairy tale in the 1870s. Originally created to entertain his nephews and nieces, it became the first true musical drama to be danced. Tchaïkovski infused it with all the majesty and melodic gift of his music—a music that seems to resonate in the light of Chagall’s painting and is faithfully echoed in the enamelled-miniature dial of the Métiers d’Art watch.

The heart of the timepiece beats to the regular cadence of the Calibre 2460 self-winding movement entirely developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. Such a stunning work of art naturally deserved a perfect mechanism: in addition to extreme reliability, it also bears the famous Hallmark of Geneva testifying to the perfect execution of the exceptional finishing crafted in keeping with the finest Geneva Haute Horlogerie traditions.

The 13 other models will be crafted over the next three years, each dedicated to one of the composers appearing in Chagall’s monumental work. Adam, Moussorgski, Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Verdi, Beethoven, Gluck and Bizet will each in turn spring to life under the enameller’s expert touch. 

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski

The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski
Miniature Artwork
03/31/2011 - 22:23
Wow, what a great concept .  Was it inspired by comments received from the world tour of the Chagall piece unique?
it was decided after VC management saw the Chagall piece, the result
04/01/2011 - 11:59
was so stunning that it was decided to keep the model with the full painting at the VC museum and make 14 unique pieces which would be sold
Re: The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & lOpéra de Paris: Tchaïkov
04/01/2011 - 03:08
I find this work absolutely breathtaking. The combination of the dial artistry and the master expertise needed, combined with the watch craftsmanship results in a marriage of two different yet complimentary worlds. I wish it were realistic to own one. But, I am grateful I have my 47212. Thanks Alex for these beautiful scans.
you own one of VC's most beautuiful watches :-) congrats!
04/01/2011 - 12:00
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Incredible detail. Thanks Alex. [nt]
04/01/2011 - 07:20
nt
Re: The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & lOpéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski
04/01/2011 - 10:19
Masterpiece, thanks for sharing.
Incredible work. Congratulations to all
04/01/2011 - 11:04
Vacheron Constantin artists who are creating these timeless Garde-Temps. Nice to see Anita Porchet on your Photo N°2. Thanks for sharing Cheers, Liger
Re: The Hour Lounge Exclusive: Chagall & l'Opéra de Paris: Tchaïkovski
04/01/2011 - 20:28
Wonderful idea, Alex, and beautifully executed! Congratulations to Vacheron for such a class act Joseph
Stunning - and the case sets the dial off nicely nt
04/01/2011 - 23:55
nt
VC outdoes itself each time it comes up with a new version...
04/02/2011 - 23:33
of a certain creation. It is even hard to call this piece of art a watch anymore. It's real art. It's amazing VC commits to such incredible projects that are so handiwork driven instead of launch into profit driven projects... That's class!
my eldest daughter, who usually not interested by watches, shouted
04/04/2011 - 08:04
" ballet! swan! daddy !" not that difficult to appreciate the vibrant colours of the porcelain dial, i thought. beautiful piece!
Amazing details
04/06/2011 - 10:43
The details on the dial are incredible. I love it, and can't wait to see what they do for the other composers!
What a work of art, stunning! (nt)
04/11/2011 - 19:04
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