For its sixth year in a row Vacheron Constantin is granting homage to artistic crafts, by celebrating the “European Artistic Crafts Days 2016”, presented at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, in Paris, from March 29th to April 3rd. This year their celebrating sartorialism, a term that derives from the Latin “sartor” which means “tailor”. Sartorialism therefor signifies “matters pertaining to a tailor”. So, Vacheron Constantin has dressed up a dress watch.
Vacheron Constantin has joined forces with Vitale Barberis Canonico, one of the world’s oldest fabric manufacturers, to weave out these patterns and give birth to the “Elegance Sartorial” collection. This synergy has brought back to the spotlight some of the most famous woven patterns ever, such as the: “Prince of Wales check” or the “tartan pattern”. Except this time oddly enough the patterns are found directly on a watch dial, adopting the maison’s own guilloché and enameling expertise, for a precise result.
These dials feature a gold sub-dial offset near the 3 o’clock position with a tapestry cloth-like motif, varying from: floral, to a geometrical tie of pocket squares patterns, with each version. While at its center is a pattern created using a tapestry machine, as is to draw the eye like a silk pocket square on a suit. This tapestry technique functions like a pantograph, while the motif is engraved thru the use of specialized graving tool, before being frosted and varnished. The alternated hollowed and risen areas create an embroidery effect, right at the center of the enameled surface and it’s rimmed by a chapter ring swept over by two gold hands.
The hours and minutes are observed on a sub-dial rimmed with mother-of-pearl, similar to shirts buttons and the Roman numerals are hand painted on to them. A hand guilloché décor with a classic woven technique is placed in a moon crescent shaped space, which is coated with a translucent Grand Feu enamel in varying colors. But, the majority of the dial comes in five options: the Herringbone, the Windowpane, the Pinstripes, the Tartan and the Prince of Wales pattern.
The 40mm round case is made of either 18k white-gold, or 5N pink gold. Its polished caseback has reserved a space for a personalized engraving. Although this watch is said to have a sapphire crystal caseback it is only partially an exhibition caseback. There is only a small offset circular opening, sized as big as the hour and minutes sub-dial, which allows for a sneak-peek at some of the 98 components that make up this mechanical movement.
Vacheron Constantin Métieres d’Art Elégance Sartoriale
This “Vacheron Constantin Métieres d’Art Elégance Sartoriale” (Ref#: below for each model) is powered by a manual-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 1400 with 20 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 40 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet). Mounted to these watches is a leather alligator strap available in various colors: burgundy, dark brown, warm grey, brown, dark blue. The staff is crafted in a hand-sewn, saddle-finish tradition, with large square scales and a half Maltese cross-shaped pin-buckle. The strap maintains the sartorial motif, serving as a nod to the fine bootmakers and this Vacheron Constantin even includes a pair of cufflinks matching the sub-dial tapestry of each version.
1400U/000G-B215 – Prince of Wales check pattern
1400U/000R-B216 – windowpane pattern
1400U/000R-B217 – pin stripes pattern
1400U/000G-B218 – tartan pattern
1400U/000R-B159 – herringbone pattern
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