VC wins the 2007 Revolution Award for Best Achievement in Watch Design

Revolution agazine recently published its 2007 awards and the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d'Art "Les Masques" wins the Best Achievement in Watch Design award.

Here is the text printed in Revolution (Issue 13 Asia)

When we first laid eyes on Les Masques, we had to check ourselves that we hadn't inadvertenly entered some alternative universe. Then as the shock cleared, we began to understand the depth of ingenuity represented by these tremendous, daring timepieces. Les Masques merges sculpture with timekeeping in a way that is incredibly innovative, yet follows a path that is uniquely different from the rest of the Swiss watch industry. C'mon, which other brand would have selected primitive masks from the renowned Barbier-Muller Museum, then merge them with a digital complication initially used in its traditionalist Metiers d'Art watches created for the brand's 250th anniversary? Which other brand would have developed an all-new laser engraving thechnology to accurately replicate these masks, then activate its artisans to transpose all the marks left by the tools on the originals onto their miniature counterparts? What is refreshing to see is that, while much of the industry is now gearing up to emulate Richard Mille and Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin has emerged as one of the creative forces in high watchmaking by following a different path. Les Masques is a statement piece, it is meant to annoounce that the hallowed walls of Vacheron Constantin now resonate with new energy. Best of all, Les Masques reconnects us with one of the fundamental facets of watchmaking: to create art that unites us with human culture.

Text copyright Revolution Press 2008

Chinese mask

VC wins the 2007 Revolution Award for Best Achievement in Watch Design

Alaskan mask

VC wins the 2007 Revolution Award for Best Achievement in Watch Design

Indonesian mask

VC wins the 2007 Revolution Award for Best Achievement in Watch Design

Congolese mask

VC wins the 2007 Revolution Award for Best Achievement in Watch Design

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Bravo, VC! nt
05/12/2008 - 11:59

Congrats VC, Alex and other Lounger's
05/12/2008 - 13:19

Was wonder what's you thought of the idea of the Gentleman opening a museum of modern watchmaking in Singapore from another article in the magazine?

I think Michael Tay's idea of opening a museum of modern horological
05/12/2008 - 20:59

art a fantastic one and a project which definately deserves support IMHO.

Kudo's to vacheron
05/12/2008 - 15:19

for having the testicular fortitude to be so radically different. Then to top it off they are so magnificent in their creativity in combining (or in JC Bivers words "the fusion") between the artist and the technical in watch making design.

Mr L

We all are proud ! nt
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An outstanding accomplishment...
05/12/2008 - 18:15 any standard, and a real committment to artistic and technical excellence! Well done!!


I have the copy.
05/12/2008 - 18:44

Yes, Les Masques are clearly different from any of those in the market. Well done VC! (yes, there's Indonesian mask there)

Well deserved (nt)
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+1 (nt)
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Fully deserved and...
05/12/2008 - 20:36

I think it represents a new era in VC's history. QdI is in the same way and both collections will definitely put VC as the most innovative high-end brand.

so true when the article states that where the whole industry is
05/12/2008 - 21:03

trying to copy Mille and AP Vc is creating a whole new path

Kudos to the team at VC

Well done VC, and congrats!
05/13/2008 - 00:06

Alex, what about the new set of Les Masques for 2008?

Any news, or pics to come?

of course scans are to come but they are under embargo until
05/13/2008 - 01:13


Alex, what about the new boutique piece?
05/13/2008 - 11:52

Coming soon as well right? Can't wait...  

I'll post them next week. Meanwhile here's an indication
05/13/2008 - 15:50

RG? WG? Can't wait!!!
05/13/2008 - 18:56

Now you'll make me lose sleep, Alex!  

looks like a Patrimony Traditionnelle, right?
05/14/2008 - 13:54

RG with black dial?

congrats to VC for recognition of a feat to replicate art on a time-
05/13/2008 - 13:25

piece with modern technology instead of following trend of building ROOs and RMs -look-a-likes. i feel the QDI is heading the same direction, differentiating from the others and setting its own direction.

Very well deserved. But as a set of 4 pieces,
05/13/2008 - 15:38

not too many people can afford its price  .

My only hope is for VC to consider offering Les Masques singularly (think the stand alone Alexander the Great as opposed to Métiers d'Art four seasons set). 

Alex-- talking about Alexander the Great, courious what's its suggested retail price. Any thought? 


the Alexander the Great was priced at
05/13/2008 - 17:19

approx CHF 95k

good things in life don't come cheap...
05/13/2008 - 18:04

as much as I can appreciate the craftmanship the Alexander the Great
05/13/2008 - 18:17

is too Baroque for my taste.

For those wondering what the watch looks like:

Alex correctly pointed out that Alexander the Great is not to..
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everyone's test. I concurred. How's about this-- what if VC were to offer a Les Masque singularly (pick a mask you like most) and if I throw in a Hommage to the Great Explorers to the race to make it tougher on you. Now between these two watches (both having exceptional enamel dial to the north degree and probably best alternative time telling display), what would you rank first on your wishlist and why is it so? By the way, considering movements inside these two watches, which one is more difficult to make, hence rarer and more collectible? Appreciate your view and discussion. Now I'm standing by to learn :) Cheers,
Very tough choice especially since I've been
05/13/2008 - 19:38

saving up for the past 4 years for a Grands Explorateurs and one of the new dials has exactly what I was hopping for (don't want to sound too mysterious but these watches are under embargo until August but don't worry the Loungers will be the 1st to see them )

To come back to your question: Masques or Grands Explorateurs? Well first of all I already have a Mercator with enamel dial which covers the enamel feature and an Urwerk 103 which covers the time indication via rotating discs feature! So you guessed it if I really had too choose I would go for the Masques, these models have a highly emotional effect on me. I don't know why but they do, I don't only look at them with a technical or aesthetic eye.

The Chinese mask is one of the most beautiful watches ever produced in my book, it has a rather melancholic effect on me one of passing time and Michel Butor's poem (inscribed on the dial) is absolutely fabulous (there is a translation of the poem in my article on the Masks in the Articles section).

Movement wise the Explorateurs uses the 1120 which is JLC based but considered one of the best automatic calibers. The Masks have an inhouse caliber. I don't know which one is more difficult to make but I would guess the Masks since there are 4 different discs which rotate at different speeds.

I agree Alexander the Great is a bit too rich for my taste as well...
05/14/2008 - 13:49

Still a great timepiece