The new Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to the 4 Composers

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 Chagall's original painting.

Here is the 5th piece of the series and the only one featuring four composers! 

I am happy to say that this amazing piece has been purchased by a Lounger so I'm hoping in the flesh scans and comments soon yes

Tribute to L. van Beethoven – Fidelio, G. Bizet – Carmen, C.W. von Gluck - Orpheus and Eurydice, G. Verdi - La Traviata

This unique timepiece pays tribute to four famous composers whose works are depicted at the center of the Palais Garnier Opera House Ceiling. All four operas celebrate the irresistible power of love through colorful shades, based on primary colors.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio

Decidedly atypical: Fidelio is an anthem to triumphal love. The work as interpreted by Chagall rightly focuses on the individual figures of the “chosen” couple, Leonore and Florestan, superbly echoed in the enamelled miniature painting.

Georges Bizet – Carmen

This opera is vivified by music that is ever lively if not always joyful, as it depicts a tragic passion between an honest brigadier and an enticing gypsy. According to Chagall, the flamboyant Carmen was to burst forth amid a blood red universe symbolizing her independent and impetuous nature.

Christoph Willibald von Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice

This masterpiece owes its success as much to the originality of the energetic and grandiose musical style as to its direct links with the aesthetic of the Age of Enlightenment as expressed in Paris in the 1750s. Chagall captured its vibrations in the strong contrast between red and green offering a fascinating blend of opposing and mutually attractive forces.

Giuseppe Verdi - La Traviata

Based on the novel entitled The Lady of Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, romantic drama celebrates the passion of love as well as the violence it can lead to, blossoming within a subtle palette of ochre shades that further accentuates its depth.

Housed in a 40mm yellow gold case, the timepiece beats to the regular cadence of the Calibre 2460 self-winding movement.

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers 

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

Metiers d'Art Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Trubute to the Four Composers

The new Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to the 4 Composers

The new Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to the 4 Composers

Thank you, Alex, for your post.
10/18/2012 - 16:44
Fantastic photos!! This is an amazing watch! What a beautiful rendition of the Chagall grand oeuvre. The colours are simply outstanding, their brilliance and subtelties, sublime. The whole idea is a wonderful concept and those fortunate enough to have gotten their choices early have been well-rewarded. (of course deep pockets are required crying ) But nevertheless, this piece and the 10 others are real treasures. Congratulations to all fortunate eleven and especially the owner of this quartet of greatness. Joseph
as you said, JB, deep pockets are required...
10/18/2012 - 23:53
...but as much as I like this watch, Chagall doesn't come close to Christophewink... Looking forward to the pics!cheeky
Truly magnificent
10/18/2012 - 16:57
both inside and out. Robert
awesome...
10/18/2012 - 23:51
the dial on the pics is a real work of art... and it is housed in one of the nicest VC case ever - that's the same as Les Masques, and Sputnik, no? Thanks Alex for sharing.  
I love the vivid colors!
10/19/2012 - 02:31
Congratulations to the Lounger who is the lucky owner! Bill
As usual she made a beautiful enamel work,
10/19/2012 - 03:52
honestly I never liked pictues on the dials of a wrist watch. It may be a Sheik, a dictator  or something else. The craftmanship is nice but not on a watch dial. You got to remeber that it's still a watch. And  watch should be used as a car, a yacht or any other practical things you got, even if it's a golden touch when wearing a Vacheron&Constantin smiley Yet there may be an exception - the Audubon Birds of America series, from 1997 if I remeber right. I remeber Alex have/had one. Beautiful!! They are so exceptional, and were the first so they should stay exceptional. No one can honestly say that the horse and wagon on the 250 anniversary watches is nice. A dial should in my eyes be as clean as possible! This is in my humble eyes to prefer as a dial something like this, where you can read what time, still elegant and with V&C class I have an enormous respect for the Artist, she is in her own way outstanding, so this is no critic, only my personal view of how a dial on a wrist watch should look like in my humble eyes.. A classic watch you never get tired of, but as I predicted several years ago, the enormous big watches are on their way out, and we are slowly returning to normal sizes again. In some years it will be more rectangular watches, they been round since 70 years now. Watches is probably the most conservative 'jewelry' a man got. That and his wedding ring. No diamonds or other 'bling' on a real man's finger smiley Cheers Doc
Re: As usual she made a beautiful enamel work,
10/19/2012 - 09:40
I totally agree with you Doc. Regards Marios
Re: Re: As usual she made a beautiful enamel work,
10/20/2012 - 01:48
Thanks my friendsmiley Sometimes it seems to be forgotten that a watch is a everyday use object, or perhaps to be used at dinners or some celebrations. But honestly, this isn't a wrist watch, it's apiece of art, it will rest in a vault, seen by the owner and perhaps showed to some to impress. I can't think of any man wearing this at work or at the clinic smiley As an invetsment?? Cheers Doc
Lovely dial - Technique?
10/19/2012 - 04:08
Hi Alex, What paints are used to achieve this finish and is the dial "baked" after the hand application of the pigments? It really is exquisite!
traditional Geneva technique of miniature enamel. The enamel is
10/19/2012 - 16:46
placed on the dial using a brusg with 2 marten hairs (!) after the application of each individual color the dial is baked
I really like this type of case.
10/19/2012 - 07:38
Guess it's only reserved for special featured watches like this edition, the Sputnik and some others.  
Gorgeous dial work
10/19/2012 - 09:38
A piece of art in it's own right.  Maybe more so as that, than as  watch.  Think it could be distracting to have this actually on a wrist, but, I'd be more than happy to try...
This is one of those things that ...
10/19/2012 - 13:53
... I put on the list of "what I would get if I were to win the lottery".  Mesmerizing dial work ... thanks for sharing!
Re: Incredible piece of art
10/20/2012 - 01:27
More an incredible piece of art than a timepiece, however a stunning must for collectors Thanks Alex for giving us the opportunity to admire it Bernard
Re: The new Chagall & l'Opera de Paris Tribute to the 4 Composers
11/04/2012 - 18:48
Thank you Alex for the - as always - good and clear photo report about the new Chagall dial. But I am not yet convinced by this type of dial decor. I fully appreciate the fabulous work and talent needed to be able to achieve such exceptional and fine masterpieces reproductions. I don't see the artistic value of this. To me a dial must give you one or more information, hour, minute, date etc. I have the same view towards dials decorated with flowers, maps, stars etc. In a watch,  the movement only can be a piece of art.