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 14 unique pieces each representing one of the composers depicted in Chagalls original painting.
Here is the 3rd of the series representing Moussorgski’s Boris Godounov as painted by Chagall.
The ethereal Boris Godounov opera is masterfully depicted by Chagall in a splash of blood-red colour standing out against a deep blue sky. Based on the eponymous play by Alexandre Pushkin and on the History of the Russian State by Nikolay Karamzin, Boris Godounov consecrated the importance of the people as a functioning character on an opera stage: even more so than the child-murdering tsar, the real protagonist is the chorus which serves as the living spokesperson for the people of Russia. The powerful music reflects Moussorgski’s knowledge of Russia folk music and deliberately rejects the influence of German and Italian opera. Chagall gave a new lease on life to this opera in the section of his painting that is now exactly replicated on the enamelled miniature dial of the dedicated Métier d’Art watch
Housed in a 40mm yellow gold case, 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.