Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art ‘Year of the Monkey’ LE watch

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - 2016 the year of the monkey

Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art La légende du zodiaque chinois series continues for 2016 with the sign of the monkey, which will take over from the goat at the Chinese New Year festivities on February 8 2016. Bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, these two new creations, each in a limited edition of only twelve models, combine the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.

The legend of the Chinese Zodiac - 2016 Year of the Monkey

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - 2016 the year of the monkey
The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – 2016 the Year of the Monkey

Vacheron Constantin has cultivated ties with China since 1845. The Chinese first introduced the paper-cutting technique known as Jianzhi, which is an art echoed in Swiss culture through its famous Scherenschnitt paper-cutting. This artistic approach, highlighted in the Métiers d’Art La légende du zodiaque chinois, has now been given a fresh interpretation by VC’s master engravers and enamellers.

The foliage motif appearing on the dial is based on classic Chinese iconography etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of accentuated reliefs that create the effect of depth. The technique makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.

Then with the use of Grand Feu enamelling, a technique invented in Geneva and which remains the preserve of only a few skilled artisans, the enamel is applied in successive layers so as to enhance the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial.

Making of the legend of the Chinese Zodiac 2016 - year of the monkey

Making of The legend of the Chinese Zodiac  2016 - Year of the monkey

Achieving the necessary mastery of color and of reactions to firing at temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius calls for long years of experience. The monkey, made of platinum or gold, is then hand engraved and delicately applied to the dial center.

The legend of the Chinese Zodiac - 2016 Year of the Monkey

The watch is powered by Caliber 2460 G4, which makes it possible to create a distinctive and ideal stage-setting for the decorative arts by giving the central dial motif a starring role. The hands-free time display is achieved through four apertures showing the hours, minutes, days and dates. These indications, the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type, reveal Vacheron Constantin’s skill in designing and developing original displays.

The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal back of the platinum or pink gold case. The 22-carat oscillating weight is adorned with a recurrent Maltese Cross pattern in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions. All movement components are finely finished in accordance with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva, a quality label of which Vacheron Constantin remains one of the most faithful representatives.


 Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac 2016, Year of the Monkey

 References: 86073/000P-8972 – Platinum

86073/000R-8971 – 18K 5N pink gold

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Pieces only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

Caliber: 2460 G4

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, self-winding

31 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 6.05 mm thick

Approximately 40 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

237 components

27 jewels

Indications: Hours, minutes, day of the week and date in apertures

Case: Platinum/18K 5N pink gold

40 mm diameter, 12.74 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3bar (approx.30 meters)

Dial: 18K gold, hand-engraved and Grand Feu enamelled

Hand-engraved platinum/18K 5N gold monkey

Strap: Dark blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Clasp: Platinum/18K 5N pink gold folding clasp

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Accessories: Delivered with a corrector pen, a magnifying glass and a dedicated brochure to better showcase the craftsmanship and the technicality behind these creations

Limited series of 12 pieces per reference “2016” engraved on the back of each timepiece

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