Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling

One of the most amazing part of the visit of Plan les Ouates is the Métiers d'Art room.
This is part of the identity of Vacheron Constantin, and as integrated as it is, I will add more than ever.
In this part, you understand how some Vacheron Constantin can be more than a beautiful watch , here they become poetic, meaningfull.
That makes for me the biggest added value on a Vacheron Métiers d'art than every other brand imho.
I hope you fill forgive my 1 swiss franc philosophy, but when everything around us is so practical, useful, design for nothing more than their use, it is an oxygen bottle to find these métiers d'art. 

The part I was the most sensitive to, with skeletonised piece.

Enameling
Two Types, Champlevé or cloisonné.
From what I understood
In Champlevé, the dial is carved in a way to make the different part or it is in one part , in Cloisonné a gold string is put by hand to separate these different. An artist is making the colour.
Just like a painter... but on the size of a dial with an amazing precision. But it is not over after painting, then it has to be cooked... and everything can happen here, hours of work can be lost very easily.
On "Grand Explorateur", two enamel dial are present... and they have to be very thin more than on a "normal" dial.
After that visit I understood a bit more which kind of feat is this dial. And this is "just" the dial.

Photo courtesy of Alain2701, thanks Alain !
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling 
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling

After sometime in the hoven.
my photos
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling

Photo courtexy of iFunky , Yves your photos are amazing!
The famous Audubons bird
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling
How beautiful is that !
Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling

Still to come, engraving, diamond setting and Guillochage...

one other type of enameling exists which is the miniature
04/08/2011 - 12:41
painting used for example on the Chagall & l'Opera de Paris pieces. Where enemel is used as paint!!! Extremely difficult to master. Thanks for the write up Cisco
My pleasure
04/09/2011 - 20:57
especially on place :)
artistic talent at its best!
04/08/2011 - 18:47
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Remember this? 1930 Le Soleil
04/09/2011 - 01:54

Polychrome cloisonne enamel by Verger Freres, of course.  Notice the unusual placement of "Vacheron & Constantin"

Re: Remember this? 1930 Le Soleil
04/09/2011 - 20:58
Nice work here too ! Thanks Dean :)
Re: Plan les Ouates, métiers d'art: Enameling
04/10/2011 - 20:25
Those geometric designs are incredible.  I have never seen a watch with that kind of dial.  Thank you for the pics.