Vacheron Constantin “Reflections of Time” exhibition in Geneva
Vacheron Constantin is showcasing a remarkable set of table clocks from the 1920s at its Longemalle boutique, until the end of September 2017.
The “Reflections of Time” exhibition highlights a little-known facet of Vacheron Constantin's history: the creation of table clocks in the late 1920s. This exceptional patrimonial collection comprises a dozen one-of-a-kind models now on show to the public for the first time ever. These unique models are distinguished by an Art Deco style imbued with Asian influences. Subtly associating artistic crafts, mechanical expertise and oriental or geometrical inspiration, each reflects the artistic movement of its era as well as the exclusive know-how of the Maison.
Distinguished by considerable stylistic variety, the table clocks developed by Vacheron Constantin between 1920 and 1930 reflect the originality, the mechanical expertise and the passion for artistic crafts expressed during the prolific Roaring Twenties. These tailor-made creations are authentic ornamental pieces celebrating the artistic currents of the era and mingling the formal equilibrium of Art Deco, Japonism, the inspirations of Chinese symbolism and the aesthetic tastes of those who commissioned them. Daintily sized yet nonetheless far larger than pocket watches, table clocks afforded new scope for expression of artistic crafts. The finest artisans – engravers, gemsetters and enamellists – enlisted by Vacheron Constantin thereby combined their talents with those of the watchmakers in the Manufacture in giving life to technically sophisticated and splendidly crafted creations.
The inherently varied “Reflections of Time” exhibition also features an iconic rock crystal creation introduced a little later in 1933. Serving as inspiration for the current Arca collection composed of 12 unique crystal clocks, it is distinguished by a skeletonised movement and a precious facetted quartz cabinet forming an arched shape. The exhibition is rounded off by three new Arca creations, featuring the original design and mechanism. Their name evoking the structure of crystal blocks, as well as their presence alongside historical models, symbolically express the transmission of knowledge and heritage cherished by Vacheron Constantin.
“Reflections of Time” Exhibition, on view until the end of September 2017
Vacheron Constantin Boutique, Place de Longemalle 1 – Geneva
Monday through Friday from 10am to 6.30pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm
An exploration of the history of Vacheron Constantin is a voyage of discovery, revealing the excellence of age-old watchmaking. Each timepiece is the result of the creative inspiration of the watchmaker or craftsman, dedicating their knowhow to the birth of outstanding watches. The Manufacture also works within a social and environmental code of ethics, and has had Responsible Jewellery Council certification since 2012.Find out more >
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