Vacheron Constantin and The Met partner for watches inspired by works of art

By Amos Chin 28 March, 2024

The partnership, birthed in 2023, will see Vacheron Constantin offering VIP clients the opportunity to don timepieces inspired by The Met’s most important pieces

Vacheron Constantin, a paragon of haute horlogerie, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), a bastion of art and culture, have joined forces to create an offering that transcends the concept of luxury timepieces.

Enamelling consists of hand-painting in minutia a desired artwork or motif onto a base-layer of baked enamel. Photo by Vacheron Constantin

The “Masterpiece on Your Wrist” program invites a select circle of patrons to commission a bespoke timepiece featuring a miniature enamel replication of artwork from the museum’s repertoire. A confluence of art, tradition, and unparalleled craftsmanship, this initiative is reminiscent of Vacheron Constantin’s prior collaboration with the Louvre Museum in Paris.

At the heart of this partnership is a shared ethos of preservation, innovation, and the fostering of artistic excellence. Vacheron Constantin, with its storied history dating back to 1755, brings to the table a legacy of watchmaking mastery. The Met, on the other hand, offers a treasure trove of artistic masterworks spanning 5,000 years of global culture.

22K pink gold oscillating weight with The Met façade engraving. Photo by Vacheron Constantin

After selecting a masterpiece from The Met’s extensive catalogue, Vacheron Constantin’s artisans will then reproduce the artwork on the dial of a one-of-a-kind watch. Far from simply replicating an image on a watch face, the process meticulously recreates the art through venerable handcrafts, including miniature painting, engraving, and grisaille enamelling, depending on the choice of the original work.

From left to right: Northeaster, Winslow Homer; bridge over a pond of water lilies, Monet PG; wheat field with cypresses, Van Gogh. Photo by Vacheron Constantin

Imagine the delicate brushstrokes of Vincent van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with Cypresses” or the serene beauty of Claude Monet’s “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies” adorning your wrist, rendered with breathtaking detail and vibrancy. Each commissioned piece is a testament to the skills of Vacheron Constantin’s master artisans, who bring these masterpieces to life in a display of wearable art.

The journey of acquiring such a masterpiece is as exclusive as the watch itself. It begins with a private tour of The Met, led by the museum’s experts, to select the artwork that resonates with the client’s personal taste. Following this, a visit to Vacheron Constantin’s Manufacture in Geneva offers an insight into the intricate process of bringing the selected masterpiece to the canvas of a watch dial.

This collaboration goes beyond creating a luxury timepiece; it is an homage to the enduring legacy of art and craftsmanship. Each watch serves not only as a personal expression of aesthetic appreciation but also as a bearer of history, a conversation between the wearer and the ages.

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