Thanks for sharing. I never knew about the various items which came with this particular watch.
A few years ago, I was at a Vacheron Constantin function at 7 quai de l'Ile, with a charming lady from Vacheron Constantin UK.
Over the years, I have interviewed many famous people from sport, film etc, in my professional role as a watch journalist. However, I am seldom starstruck, except, when on occasion, I meet an artisan who I truly admire.
My host from the UK, knowing I am passionate about métiers d'art, came towards me with a petite, dark haired lady and said, "Angus, I have someone here who I think you would like to meet. Let me introduce to you, Anita Porchet."
I immediately, turned a deep shade of crimson, I am about 6ft 3 or 1.91m, and here I was absolutely starstruck, shy, a little embarrassed and truly overwhelmed meeting this demure and petite lady.
Anita is so very modest. Her talent is unbelievable. In my opinion, and that of many others I work with, she is the best enameller in the world.
I do not speak French and Anita does not speak English, but with the aid of a translator, I had a lovely half hour chatting to her. One area, I particularly had to ask about was the Métier d’Art – Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris “Tribute to Famous Composers”.
This particular piece, involving grand feu enamelling is stunning. I think Anita said it took 3 months to execute the dial. My fascination was the thoughts that permeated her mind as she repeatedly fired the dial at temperatures of 800° - 900°C. I wanted to know was she scared of the dial bubbling or worse still cracking. The notion of spending 3 months on a dial, only for it to crack in the closing hours of completion, seems incredible. Anita revealed a mindset where failure is something that she does not contemplate.
Last year, I had the privilege to interview Anita for a magazine in Switzerland, Deluxe Swiss Made magazine. Once again, she was fascinating to write about. Her modesty belies her profound talent. Whilst Anita has worked for several other brands, it is her work for Vacheron Constantin which particularly impresses me.
I would love to one day own a piece of art by Anita Porchet and Vacheron Constantin. It is art worthy of a gallery wall.
I am delighted to see Anita's work in the possession of a fellow Hour Lounge member who clearly appreciates the adroit skill of this exceptional artisan. Thank you for sharing. If you could share more images here on the Hour Lounge of this stunning watch, I would love to see more.