Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

from the press release:
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!

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches


White gold 40mm case:

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

automatic cal 2460
Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches


Yellow Gold
Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches


Rose gold
Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches

Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches
LN
02/09/2010 - 22:18
JB
02/10/2010 - 13:46
02/10/2010 - 17:00
02/10/2010 - 17:58
02/15/2010 - 22:30
Extraordinary watches! And I learned a new word: "guillocheur" nt :-)
02/09/2010 - 16:33
  Nicholas
Beautifully elusive and artistically complex! VC has outdone itself...
02/09/2010 - 20:21
yet again There were so many novelties introduced at SIHH just a month ago and yet VC has held these up its sleeve What a creative watch think-tank VC is... Love you guys, you never cease to amaze me
Bravo to this guy!
02/09/2010 - 22:18
If only I was born rich instead of handsome
02/10/2010 - 02:27

Seriously, they are drop dead magnificent. Can you share with us as to whether they will be sold only as a set or as individual pieces? I hate to ask but whats the price tag? The dials are pieces of art. The cases are perfection. The movement spectacular. The complete package-----Priceless.  Bravo Bravo Bravo

Sold individually,
02/10/2010 - 02:47
but limited to 8/9 pieces in each metal. Not to sure about the price.
Yeah, John. I have the same problem...only to a greater extent ;-> nt
02/10/2010 - 05:28
Kazumi
LOL :-) they are sold individually not as a set (nt)
02/10/2010 - 10:11
e
prices are
02/10/2010 - 16:24
€45000 for pink and yellow gold and €49500 for the white gold model. These prices exclude VAT
Re: Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches
02/10/2010 - 02:54
WOW,  Absolutely beautifull.
I'd love to just have the dial!!!
02/10/2010 - 07:39
Being born in the year of the dragon, I've always had an affinity for them - especially as a child. The work done on the dial, and the way it was done, is nothing else but spectacular and AMAZING! Seriously, I can't afford the watch - but if VC would be willing to just sell a dial (even one with some miniscule defects that got QC rejected for use in a watch),  I'd be happy to take it off the company's hands for a reasonable price!  BR, Dan
mm Dragons watches
02/10/2010 - 09:20
They looks lovely... in my childhood i so loved Dragons in such style...
Alex, I really enjoyed this post ...
02/10/2010 - 09:47
wonderfully done in a tempting overall package. I am not sure about the four indices though. For my taste, they are too prominent and do not go well with the fine details of the dragons. Best, Magnus
Thanks, Alex...
02/10/2010 - 13:46
for the great report. I remember these dials from the factory visit during SIHH. Its great to see the finished product, very impressive! I like the  case too which reminds me of the ones VC used for the Mercator watches. egards, Joseph
Let´s have a look behind ...
02/10/2010 - 15:38
if you want something like this ... ... you have to work like this ... I was in danger when I took this pictures, but our Master didn´t kill me ... and therefore I took some more If you look in here ... ... you can see something nice. Thanks Alex for your nice report, which is a great addition to my pictures in stock Oliver
PS: Did I mention ...
02/10/2010 - 16:08
I love dragons (Tibet, antique) (Tibet, antique) (Tibet, antique) (China) (Symbol from an antique Chines carpet) Oliver
Thanks for sharing
02/10/2010 - 17:56
I love dragons too!  This example on the lid of a small box was created with a technique similar to 'en reserve' dials; the design was incised into the wood then filled in with fine silver and gold wire.  The detail is wonderful considering the space measures only 4"x5".
Hi Oliver, these are some great textiles. I think that the watch
02/10/2010 - 22:36
goes pretty nicely with these other dragons ;o). Best, Timerider
Hi Tim,
02/11/2010 - 10:16
thanks for your kind words. As much as I like "powerfull" rugs, I prefer more "puristic" watches but I really appreciate the "dragon dials" for what they are (to me): pieces of art. ... there are "puristic" dragons from Paris ... "Fauna & Flora Collection" from ODIOT. I could imagine a little dragon made in Urushi technic, at a black dial ... unvisible at the first look ... ... even more subtle than this ... ... Best Oliver
cool photos! Thanx (nt)
02/10/2010 - 16:26
e
Not my "Cup of Tea"...
02/10/2010 - 17:00
However genuine art and absolutely stunning. Miki
Future Classics
02/10/2010 - 17:58

Yes, another home run design

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Alex! nt
02/10/2010 - 18:48
vc
Re: Introducing the "Metiers d'Art - Dragons " watches
02/10/2010 - 19:02
The rose gold black dial with a profile of the dragon is absolutely stunning!!  (not the front view of the dragon though) The apple is very distracting, maybe a Washington Red is a better idea ; ) Comme toujours, thanks for sharing such beauty: )
i adore this case very much, is the etching technique same as the ....
02/12/2010 - 06:54
retired mercator? classic !
the Mercator dials were etched then filled with enamel whereas here
02/12/2010 - 10:45
the dials are engine turned.
WHOA!
02/15/2010 - 22:30

I wasn't too keen on the new Metiers d'Art from VC at SIHH, but now we're talking!!!! These are superb, and what makes them so amazing is that it is all done through guilloche, which is really a "watch skill" (if that makes any sense)! I love the pure case, the simple four hour markers, and the dragons are UNBELIEVABLE!!! I 100% agree with John. Thanks Alex for the prices, that is not too expensive IMO... Thanks,  Francois