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Vacheron Constantin and the Louvre team up for 4 new watches – Robb Report

Time travel isn’t a reality yet, but Vacheron Constantin’s latest drop might be the next best thing.

The Swiss watchmaker has collaborated with the Louvre Museum to release four new Métiers d’Art watches that pay homage to the great civilizations of the past. Each timepiece references a different era, including the Persian Empire of Darius the Great, the Golden Age of Ancient Egypt, the Hellenistic period of Ancient Greece, and the rise to power of Augustus. The face of each watch, like a work of art in itself, reflects a major period-specific work inside the famous Parisian museum, while other decorative elements refer to its era.

The oldest civilization of the four is the Ancient Egyptian Empire which dates back to 2035-1680 BC. The watch aligned with this period is the Great Sphinx of Tanis, which features the sphinx, the royal symbol, in a carved gold applique. Next, the Lion of Darius highlights the Persian Achaemenid Empire (559-300 BC) and is adorned with a bright blue glazed brick decor topped with a roaring lion.

The Victory of Samothrace (left) and Lion of Darius (right) timepieces resulting from the collaboration.

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Marking the Hellenistic Greece of the Antigonid dynasty (227-168 BC), the Victory of Samothrace timepiece features the iconic statue of Victory and a grisaille enamel representing friezes extracted from two Greek vases. Finally, the Bust of Augustus is designed to reflect the Julio-Claudian Roman Empire (27 BC-68 AD). It wears a bust of Octave Auguste, Caesar’s adopted son, and has a colorful micro-mosaic made up of 660 stones.

The themed watches, which will be limited to just five pieces each, have 42mm cases in 18k rose and white gold variants. Inside, meanwhile, the Vacheron Constantin caliber 2460 G4/2 automatic movement, fitted with four discs indicating the hours, minutes, days and dates, powers the timepieces and delivers 28,800 vibrations per hour. hour, as well as a power reserve of 40 hours. For those who like to see watch wheels in motion, a see-through sapphire crystal case back provides a partial view of the magic within.

Of course, the ornate dials and their surrounding friezes are the real centerpieces of these pieces. According to the Swiss watchmaker, both were composed of decorative elements taken from various works of art from the same period as those represented in their carved appliques. This feat is accomplished, in part, thanks to a special enamel applied to the metal surfaces of the watch. Stone marquetry, a rarely used horological technique, helped form the ornate designs of the watches using precisely placed fragments of colored stones.

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The Great Sphinx of Tanis (left) and the Bust of Augustus (right) watch over the fall.

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To create the stunning micro-mosaics on each piece, Vacheron Constantin artisans carefully assembled and bonded tiny hard stones (0.55 millimeters each) in formations inspired by each referenced ancient civilization. The designs of the watches were then completed with hand engraving.

Prices for Métiers d’Art tribute watches are available on request. With only five copies of each, we expect collectors to pick them up quickly. Visit the Vacheron Constantin website for more information.