Introducing the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris: Tribute to Mozart

Introducing the unique Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a hand painted enamel dial representing The Enchanted Flute as painted by Chagall

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 Chagalls original painting.

Here is the 4th piece of the series representing Wolfgang Amadeus  Mozart’s The Enchanted Flute as painted by Chagall.

Composed in 1791, The Magic Flute is Mozart’s last composition. This musical work sung in German expresses the fascination for supernatural and spectacular elements of fantasy inherent in the Baroque aesthetic. Its numerous special effects and multiple stage-settings determine its dramaturgical structure. Many of the themes that are evoked stem from the initiation rituals of the Freemasonry circle to which Mozart belonged: the struggle between light and darkness; as well as illusions and trickery leading to the instatement of a new order, inherited from the Age of Enlightenment. Marc Chagall conveyed the spirit of the opera through a dominantly blue colour lending it a graceful and truly enchanting dimension - the very same tone that transfigures Haute Horlogerie into an enamelled miniature masterpiece on its corresponding Métiers d’Art watch

Housed in a 40mm yellow gold case, the heart of the timepiece beats to the cadence of the Calibre 2460 

Chagall & l'Opera de Paris - Tribute to Mozart (The Enchanted Flute)

Introducing the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris: Tribute to Mozart

Introducing the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris: Tribute to Mozart

Chagall & l'Opera de Paris - Tribute to Mozart (The Enchanted Flute)

Chagall & l'Opera de Paris - Tribute to Mozart (The Enchanted Flute)

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art - Tribute to Mozart
07/12/2012 - 12:22
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As maberlin has already mentioned...
07/12/2012 - 16:57
...we were able to see this in the metal (well, it was behind glass, of course) yesterday in NYC.  This is probably my favorite one of the series thus far.  What an amazing piece of art work!  One of these Chagalls would be a unique treasure in any VC collection. It was a thrill to see these pieces yesterday.  But even more enjoyable was the chance to meet and spend time with some fellow Loungers and the fabulous VC team. Cheers, Robert
Respecting the artist
07/12/2012 - 22:53
I love that the artist is able to sign the dial yes
Re: In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art - Tribute to Mozart
07/13/2012 - 20:26
This is my favourite of the lot. The bluish color scheme is very fresh and refreshing. And its rarity and class is only heightened by the fact that the artist is able to sign on the dial. It shows a very human side to VC's watchmaking.
Thanks Alex
07/16/2012 - 19:40
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Here in NYC Yesterday
07/12/2012 - 13:59
Had the opportunity to see it up close, along with the original full ceiling piece that is staying in the VC Collection.  They are even more beautiful in person. 
How was the Paris Opera event?
07/12/2012 - 14:03
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Magnifique, Splendide
07/12/2012 - 14:56
Joseph took photos and has promised to post a complete report of the luncheon at the French Consulate as well as the performance and gala at Lincoln Center, so we can look forward to seeing that.  It was a great opportunity to meet some fellow loungers - Respo, WHL and JB were all at the luncheon, though not everyone stayed for the evening event.  There were a lot of VC folks in attendance including Hughes and most of the US team, groups from Moscow and South America, and of course Charlie Torres and some of his Geneva leadership.   
Re: How was the Paris Opera event?
07/13/2012 - 01:52
C'etait formidable, Alex! Gale and I had a great time at lunch and during the evening performance. It was great seeing Bill (Lind) again, and having a chance to speak with Robert (Esposito) at some length. He has a surprise coming which I hope he'll share (hint, hint). And it was great meeting Michael (Berlin) and his wife,with whom we shared a table at lunch and dinner. Henry Kissinger was there and also Michael Baryshnikov.  Henry wouldn't leave me alone! He kept wanting to see my Tourbillon! (Just kidding, but he was there!) The ballet was quite something! Even if one is not a ballet fan, its impossible not to appreciate the artistry of the dancers. Seeing the VC people, Charles, Hughes, Yan, Daniel, Ellen, Katie and Ashley was great. More later, as soon as I sort my pics. Thaks once again to Vacheron for an outstanding evening!
I regret missing the ballet in the evening
07/13/2012 - 05:31
...Especially as I am a dance fan with season tickets. I really enjoyed lunch with you and Gale, who is a delightful dining companion. I hope to see both of you again soon. You are right, I do have a surprise, but I may need to wait a bit to post about it. Sorry. You know how excited I am, however. What a nice selection of VCs at our table: your Toledo, a Saltarello, a 1972, a QDI, my 1955, and Gale's beautiful vintage piece which also has the cal. 1003. It is nice to see these watches, especially for a relative newbie like me, but it is really wonderful to spend time with fellow Loungers. Best, Robert
It was nice to finally meet you yesterday.....
07/12/2012 - 20:53
and I agree 100% about the impact of these Chagall watches in person. Just gorgeous. Bill
Re: Introducing the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris: Tribute to Mozart
07/12/2012 - 19:35
I am in awe of the crafts(wo)manship involved in creating these dials but I am honest, I do not like them at all...
Thanks for your honest feedback
07/13/2012 - 09:41
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Re: Introducing the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris: Tribute to Mozart
07/13/2012 - 12:02
Thank you Alex for those very good pics of this VC masterpiece. Thanks also to Charly Torres to maintain alive the "ARTIST" tradition perpetuated for so many years by Vacheron Constantin. I hope to be able to admire the rest of this fabulous collection. 
Chagall and l'Opera de Paris...
07/13/2012 - 16:21
It's a delight to see a further example of this enamel artistry. The subject matter - sublime. Sheer beauty! Tony
This is my favorite out of the 3 invidual Tribute pieces so far
07/20/2012 - 05:49
Its the colors and vibrancy that I love the most about it.