PRESS RELEASE: 15 December, 2017
Vacheron Constantin pays tribure to the journey of fearless balloonists (aérostiers in French) to defying gravity with The Métiers d’art Les Aérostiers collection at SIHH 2018.
These hand-crafted timepieces tell the stories of five late 18th century hot-air balloon flights using the delicate and technically challenging decorative arts technique: plique-à-jour. The hand-engraved micro-sculpted gold balloons are the exact miniatures of the five balloons taking flight between 1783 and 1785. The gold hot-air balloons hover in the center of the dial over a background similar to the looks of stained-glass windows which allows the wearer to catch a glimpse of the Calibre 2460 G4/1. The four seperate disks of the hours, minutes, day and the date are visible on the outer rim of the dial through the transparent the plique-à-jour enamel background.
The five designs will each be available in five numbered editions.
Source: press release.
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