Vacheron Constantin launches an exclusive limited series of 3 “Dragons” watches, each of them available in only 9 numbered pieces, and exclusively at 1881 Heritage in Hong Kong, Vacheron Constantin Mansions in Geneva & Shanghai and Vacheron Constantin boutique in Moscow.
These timepieces featuring dragons on the dial, the Chinese symbol of prosperity, creative and divine strength, are hand-made according to the ancestral Métiers d’Art Guilloché technique. The motif stems, calling for exceptional dexterity, were created by alternately using two machines: one to engine-turn straight lines; and the other to produce curves and circles as if on a lathe. This original combination of these two techniques has made it possible to create non-geometrical patterns unlike anything that has been done before.
As a result, the design is composed of irregular lines and a multitude of details metallized in various colours, which takes Guilloché well beyond its traditional role as an abstract geometrical decoration to achieve the status of a figurative art in its own right.
All I can say is that Vacheron Constantin's guilloche artist is not just a guillocheur but a wizard! Managing to "draw" using an engine turning machine is equivalent to Rodin sculpting The Thinker using a jackhammer!
White gold 40mm case:
automatic cal 2460