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
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.