The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

As you know Vacheron Constantin will be participating again this year at the Only Watch auction to be held on Sept 23 by Antiquorum. The proceeds of the auction will go to research against muscular dystrophies.

This year's unique piece donated by Vacheron Constantin is a piece from the Metiers d'Art  merging, engraving, engine turning, enamelling and gem setting.

For more information on this watch click here

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

Here are some photos of the making of:

First the design team worked on the drawing and created a 3D

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

Next step was to engrave a gold base plate as to create the motifs for the enameller (champlevé method). The utmost attention was given to each step as for each artisan had to work with immense concentration as not to spoil what the previous artisan had done!

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

the enamel being applied

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

one ofthe dove's being gem set

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

the guillochage of the doves

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011

Only Watch Dove

Only Watch Dove

Only Watch Dove

Thanks, Alex
07/15/2011 - 18:43

The photos are great!

What a creative spirit and artistic craftsmanship exist at Manufacture Vacheron!!

Joseph

Having been to the manufacture and having seen the artisans at work...
07/15/2011 - 19:13

makes me understand and appreciate even more the extent of trouble they went to creating and perfecting this piece unique creation.

Wow! Even if this watch may not be to my liking it is hard to resist the sensation of an overwhelming passion invested in this piece and that VC is on top and amongst the greatest watchmakers of all.

Way to go VC!yes

This kind of info should add to the value of the watch
07/15/2011 - 19:19

When you see the making of the watch, you appreciate further the teamwork and the effort  that each artisan and VC as a whole put into this unique piece.  A real labor of love for a good cause.

JUst awesome! yes

Thanks for sharing, Jefe!

Kazumidevil

The flame burns brightly for the future........
07/15/2011 - 22:41

A delight to see the respective departments playing their part to produce this beautiful piece

I firmly believe a nerve has been struck by the design team that will take us into new and unchartered waters in the foreseeable future.

Very exciting times ahead - set your watch!

Tony

Impressive !!!!
07/15/2011 - 22:56

Never seen this before: what a masterpiece of dial making !

Thank you for sharing,

Mark

The absolute outstanding modern V&C.
07/16/2011 - 02:35

It's so beautiful I just can't see enough of it!

It's hard to describe because words only becomes platitudes...

I believe the best word is magnific  heart

Doc

I keep seeing a resemblance...
07/17/2011 - 07:56

to the creations of VC&A in many of the artistic pieces, but maybe its just my imagination.  A tremendous investment went into this watch, and the results seem well worth it heart.

Thanks Alex. The dove is a beautiful watch.
07/17/2011 - 08:12

VC should consider making a watch along these likes in the regular collection.

- SJX

These photos most definitely add to the appreciation of
07/17/2011 - 18:26

the Metiers de Arts and the talents that are within VC!  Thanks for the photos Alex.  BR, Dan

What amazing attention to detail, very stunning! (nt)
07/18/2011 - 19:03

vc

Re: The "making of" the unique Dove watch made for Only Watch 2011
07/19/2011 - 03:38
That is absolutely gorgeous! Love how the "lower" engravings can be seen through the translucent enamel (if I am seeing correctly). Also very interested to see that it looks as if the gold was electroplated as a last step, with all of the enamel in place -- didn't know that was how it was done. This is a stunning piece! Best, Gary