Introducing the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Collection by Vacheron Constantin

February 13, 2018 Paul Joseph

Introducing the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Collection by Vacheron Constantin

Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin have tapped into the history of flying to create a new collection of lavish timepieces.

Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin have tapped into the history of flying to create a new collection of lavish timepieces.

Inspired by the heritage of hot air balloons, all five watches feature an unorthodox motif depicting the distinctive air-borne vehicles, which were first designed in France in the late 18th century.

The watches on the dials all feature a translucent plique-à-jour enamel background. Against this is a hot air balloon sculpted over three weeks to effectively capture the range of details.

A combination of techniques and plenty of expertise is required to create these faithful reproductions of what is widely considered a significant historical moment – when hot air balloons were first sent into the sky.

In order to display the time without marring the design with hands and numerals, Vacheron Constantin used a Manufacture Caliber 2460 G4/1. The watch also uses coloured discs to reveal the date and time through gaps in the plique-à-jour enamel dial.

Each of the five timepiece in its Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Collection also features a 40mm white gold case and is priced at $135,000.

Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin have grown to become one of the world’s most famous luxury watch makers.

Introducing the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Collection by Vacheron Constantin
Introducing the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers Collection by Vacheron Constantin

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