Speaking of Art
Everyone can agree that one of the most artistic periods was the Baroque Era, between the 17th and 18th century, the art and architecture was just incredible. This was also a very artisitic period for horological works and in honor of that Vacheron Constantin has debuted the unique Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie. The timepiece is highly complex to pay homage to the watchmaking of that era, and a special tribute to the Dutch Baroque master artists. The design and dedication has been crafted to recognize Johannes Vermeer Pocket Watch. By combining the Grande Sonnerie and Petite Sonnerie complications, adding a minute repeater, the tourbillon escapement, and detailing the impressive baroque finishing, the piece is spectacular, but to really give that final touch, they created a miniature enamel recreation of the seminal painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. What a tribute and work taking over eight years to complete.
Art In Motion
The massive 18k, 3N yellow gold case measures 98mm wide and 32.6mm thick on this timepiece. The brand tribute to Johannes Vermeer has truly embraced the artistic motifs and detailing that fit that era. Vacheron Constantin’s master engraver created a filigree of classical Dutch art, featuring the repeating Tulip pattern around the bezel flanked by twin pearl borders. Winding up the case sides the tulip work continues and the craftsmanship is impeccable. Elevating the level of workmanship on the unique Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie is the bow topping the large crown and pusher at 12 o’clock, and the pair of hand sculpted roaring Dutch lions, crafted in gold and finished with the caseback that forms the centerpiece for this work of art. The reproduction of Vermeer’s art by enameller Anita Porchet took over two years to complete, the level of detail and difficulty to do this can only be felt in the stunning results. In efforts to counter the extreme artistic case, the dial is more classical and understated, a milky white Grand Feu enamel and large Breguet numerals in a very soft Prussian blue, simple and yet scaled precisely to draw attention.
While the outer beauty of the Vacheron Constantin Debuts Unique Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie Tribute To Johannes Vermeer Pocket Watch is beyond words, the real complexity of this timepiece lies in the heart, the one of a kind in house Calibre 3761 hand wound movement. The complex design is intricate to say the least, 806 pieces, and filled with surprises. Featuring a full Westminster chime, the one in London’s Big Ben Clock Tower, five separate gongs, five hammers mounted on four racks and an additional rack for the minute repeater. The difficulty here to play unique melodies rather than repeat the same chime is remarkable. The wearer can choose the chiming options and allows for complete personalization to each person and their preference. The Calibre is almost as ornate and detailed as the exterior of this watch. Designed with gold three-quarter bridges, hand crafted with Cotes de Geneve and hand polished chamfered edges. Every detail of this timepiece is polished and crafted to attract the eye. At 6 o’clock the visual centerpiece of this master work is the tourbillon escapement, an ornate gold guilloche balance cock and hand designed and detailed tulip and pearl motif. The tourbillon cage is shaped and detailed with the Maltese cross emblem and full skeletonized. The Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie is a true tribute to excellence in every way and commissioned by a private collector, an appreciation for art in the truest form.