Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Hi Hi Dear Friends,

After a long moment of inactivity (but I read you), I am back Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

I would like to share with you my scans and impressions of the tribute of Vacheron Constantin to the Métiers d'Art during the Salon du Collectionneur held in Paris.

For my, there were two very interesting things in the VC space: the presence of the Masters Enameller Lucie Misselyn and Jean Genbrugge (the man behind the Mercator Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)); and the third and last set of the Mask!!!!!


Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)




First, the last set of The Mask, seen them in the flesh, the first impression I had on Alex's scans are confirmed; the work (details and finishing) is always so wondrous, but this set doesn't make me feel a strong emotion like the two other Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)
... perhaps due to the very strong lightspot in the windows? or perhaps it's like a movie trilogy, the first one is often the best ...

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)




... few pics of other outstanding Métiers d'Art pieces:

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)




Two independent Belgian Masters Enamellers, Lucie Misselyn and Jean Genbrugge were here on Saturday to show and explain to the visitor the huge work behind an enamel dial!

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)




Here their work on the dial of a future Hommage aux Grands Explorateurs - Marco Polo!
I was very fascinated by their explanations, the patience and thoroughness required for a such result, it's very impressive to see what somebody could do on so small plate of gold ... I knew that a enamel dial required many many quantity of work, but I didn't know the amount of process to get a dial like that!!

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)



... and shame on me Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris) ... after having noticed that the couple weared each a Mercator, I only learned that Jean Genbrugge was the man behind the Mercator ... behind the dial, but behind the caliber and the compass system Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)


Miss Misselyn's Mercator:

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)


Mister Genbrugge's Mercator:

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)



Thanks to this very kind couple for their time sharing their work and passion with me Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)
... and thanks to Jean-Yves and Joséphine of VC France for their always warm welcom (but but where was M. Ghotbi??? Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris) )

Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)


Truly breathtaking work!
09/13/2009 - 19:55
Thanks for taking the photos and sharing them with us .
Nice to see you back Fred, and in what a way !!
09/13/2009 - 23:19
Just an amazing article with some fantastic shots Thanks a lot for your work, it's really impressing! Take care Doc
Re: Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)
09/14/2009 - 00:39
Thank you, Fred, for sharing. A very fascinating exhibition indeed! Wonderful dials. Most importantly (for me) was to see the people behind my Mercator. Best wishes, Joseph
Thanks Fred, the fact that it was organised at the Grand Palais must
09/14/2009 - 11:43
have given the event even a greater sens of grandeur! Good to have you back Fred
Thanks for the report Fred (nt)
09/14/2009 - 12:21
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Vacheron Constantin @ Salon du Collectionneur (Paris)
09/16/2009 - 01:04
Hello and thank you for this detailed report. Just getting back from this nice exhibition where I was welcomed on the Vacheron stand by Jean-Yves and was able to try out the new 1921, a marvel on the wrist. Two points I would like to draw your attention on: - if you have the opportunity register to one of the initiation to watchmaking sessions of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie http://www.hautehorlogerie.org/en/fondation-haute-horlogerie/exhibitions/salon-du-collectionneur/cultural-sessions.html . It lasts 3 hours, during 45 mns you take apart en ETA 84 caliber and for the rest of the time, you try to put in back in working order. Very enlightning and your respect for the watchmakers will become infinite. You will also be more undertstanding when you get the bill for a watch tune-up :-) - come to see Sabine work on the masks and show you her detailed work to make the masks in the Vacheron watchs the exact replica of the originals. Breathtaking. And don't forget to look up and enjoy the exquisite glass ceiling. All the best to you all and to our master Alexandre. Guillaume Fauconnier