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Vacheron Constantin partners with the Met

A rendering of Monet's Water Lilies on a Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1731 minute repeater timepiece.

Vacheron Constantin’s Masterpiece on Your Wrist programme reaches across the Atlantic for a new partner.

Since 2019, Vacheron Constantin’s Masterpiece on Your Wrist programme has allowed collectors to develop a unique bespoke watch with an enamel expression of a masterpiece from a museum. In a landmark collaboration that melds haute horlogerie with fine art, Vacheron Constantin is adding New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the programme. Clients can now select celebrated artworks from the Met’s vast collection, which ranges from the classics to modern art, to interpret into an enamel watch dial.

A rendering of Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Cypresses on a Vacheron Constantin minute repeater model shows how it would look as a wristwatch dial.
A rendering of Van Gogh’s Wheat Field With Cypresses on a Vacheron Constantin minute repeater model shows how it would look as a wristwatch dial (Background is Van Gogh’s Irises.)

The Masterpiece on Your Wrist programme employs techniques like miniature enamel painting and grisaille enamelling to bring these iconic works of art to life. With each watch, the master enameller decides which style of craft is ideal for expressing an artwork. For example, grisaille enamelling, which has similarities with the chiaroscuro style of contrast painting, is excellent for reproducing masterworks such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Diana.

A rendering of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Diana sculpture, translated into grisaille enamel on a Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 watch.
A rendering of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Diana sculpture, translated into grisaille enamel on a Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 watch.

What sets the Masterpiece on Your Wrist programme apart is the experiential aspect of each commission. As part of the bespoke experience, clients are offered the privilege of a private tour of the Met, led by its curators, to guide their selection of artwork to base the watch on and define how it should be represented. This immersive experience is complemented by a visit to Vacheron Constantin’s manufacture in Geneva to meet the artisans and master enamellers who will be working on their masterpieces. These watches come with certificates of authenticity from both the museum and the watchmaker.

The Vacheron Constantin partnership with The Met includes a special rotor design of the Calibre 2460, if used for a bespoke watch, with an engraving of the museum on the rotor.
The Vacheron Constantin partnership with the Met includes a special rotor design of the Calibre 2460, which, if used for a bespoke watch, would have an engraving of the museum on it.

When it comes to the calibres that are suitable for this project, a key consideration is the real estate of the dial. The three calibres available represent both the elegant simplicity and technical excellence for which Vacheron Constantin is known. The most complicated is undoubtedly the manual-winding 2755 TMR, featuring a minute repeater, power reserve, and tourbillon. A second option is Vacheron Constantin’s ultra-thin minute repeater Calibre 1731. Finally, for those who prefer the convenience of an automatic movement, the time-only 2460 SC is available, distinguished by a 22K pink gold winding rotor engraved with the Met’s facade.

A rendering of Winslow Homer's renowned North Easter, on a Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2755 TMR watch.
A rendering of Winslow Homer’s renowned Northeaster on a Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2755 TMR watch.

The Masterpiece on Your Wrist programme is a bridge between the timeless beauty of art and the precision of watchmaking, a testament to human creativity and ingenuity. It invites collectors and art enthusiasts alike to wear a piece of artistic and cultural history. This partnership will further support the Met’s continued engagement of the artistic community with other programmes in the pipeline, such as an artist-in-residency and other educational programmes. Start browsing the Met’s online catalogue to decide which masterpiece will be ideal for you today.

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