|Name:||Métiers d'Art Ajourées Only Watch 2015|
|Produced:||2015 - 2015|
|Limited:||Yes, 1 unit|
A contemporary reinterpretation of the ancestral art of hand engraving, the finely openworked
mechanism of the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées model is further ennobled by another artistic
craft in which the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has excelled since its origins: Grand Feu
enamelling. Once again demonstrating the full extent of their expertise, the in-house enamelling
artisans have created a ring topping the calibre by dint of meticulous work calling for extreme
virtuosity, since the circular shape of the ring to be enamelled implies substantial risks of distortion.
This perilous exercise thus brilliantly performed was compounded by a further difficulty: that of
achieving one of the shades most difficult to create with Grand Feu enamel: a deep red paying
tribute to the Principality of Monaco. To render the vivid beauty of this red hue, the master
enamellist had to create a perfectly smooth and uniform surface so as to avoid the appearance of
any undesirable bubbles during the successive firings of the enamel.
The Grand Feu enamelled ring is accentuated by Roman numerals evoking those of the central clocks
in the large railway stations of late 19th century Europe, thereby forming a visible connection with the
architectural motifs engraved on the calibre. Furthermore, the openworked ONLY WATCH logo on
the ring at 3 o’clock celebrates this charity event organized by the MONACO YACHT SHOW, PHILLIPS’
watch department and the MONACO ASSOCIATION AGAINST MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.
While the openworked architecture of Calibre 4400SQ reveals a wealth of fascinating hand-engraved work, it should in no way eclipse the technical performances of this splendid mechanism. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement displays remarkable precision and offers an impressive 65-hour power reserve that is extremely user-friendly for a hand-wound calibre. Nonetheless, the mechanical aspects alone are not the only features to meet the highest standards of Fine Watchmaking, since the entire model is certified by the Hallmark of Geneva – a guarantee of quality, provenance, craftsmanship and durability appplying to the watch as a whole and providing the firm assurance of owning a timepiece that is exceptional in every way.
|Base:||Vacheron Constantin 4400|