VC has a partnership with the École Boulle (a design school) called “Métiers d’Art et design: échange d’expertise et de compétence” (Artistic crafts and design: sharing expertise and competence).
Two students, Corentin Ollivau and Clément Demarson, won First Prize for their graduation project from The Avenir Métiers d’Art – INMA (French National Institute of Artistic Crafts, Paris). This prize rewards young people in training, and assisting in the economic life of these artistic professions, and encourages them to highlight their creativity.
The two students created an exceptional presentation box intended for a Vacheron Constantin watch, crafted in the purest artisan-style traditions of their respective arts: engraving and woodturning. Inspired by the city of Paris, the presentation is made from multi-layered chequer tree wood (a cousin of the pear tree) and features a circular shape displaying an exceptional engraved map of the City of Light at its centre.
The sides of the presentation box conceal a drawer serving to store various tools, while the watch is revealed by means of an ingenious mechanism created using gear trains.
The watch is thus highlighted on a platform at the centre of the presentation box, positioned above the engraved map of Paris.
This one-of-a-kind model will be exhibited at the Vacheron Constantin boutique on the Rue de la Paix in Paris.