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2018 SIHH: Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’art Les Aérostiers collection

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After I saw Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’art Les Aérostiers collection, two ideas come into my mind. One is that I admire the five models for exquisite craftsmanship and historic meaning; the other is that money is not everything but money is a good thing. So far, I only introduce them with admiration, excitement and desire to you. Come to see and appreciate these magnificent chronometers.

Four Features
Watchmaking Craftsmanship: Exquisite fusion of artistic crafts and watchmaking techniques
Artisanal Craftsmanship: Hand engraving, pounced ornament and plique-à-jour enamel
In-house Movement: Manufacture Caliber 2460 G4/1
Dial Display: Original sliding or jumping display

Five Flying Feats by Hot Air Balloon
To fly is mankind’s dream since antiquity. With innumerable rough but great attempts, the dream of flying came true at the end of the 18th century. Flight test conquered gravity for the first time. These brave pilots challenged the sky, the space constantly with their courage, brilliance and exploration spirit. In honor of those exciting moments and great inventor and challengers, craftsmen and masters made five hot air balloons that succeed in finishing five flights in France from 1783 to 1985 reappear on the dials of five models of Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’art Les Aérostiers collection.

Reference7610U/000G-B244 – Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers – Versailles 1783.  The model shows a hot air balloon designed by Étienne de Montgolfier. It succeed in finishing that flight with a sheep, a rooster and a duck, proving enough oxygen content in specified-height sky. Below the 5N gold balloon, the basket with slight damage and flying ropes in white gold are vivid in landing.

Reference 7610U/000G-B210 Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers – Paris 1783.  The balloon still designed by Étienne de Montgolfier was driven by two “sky travelers”successfully. From the image, we can see them obviously. Against a sky blue plique-à-jour enamel background, this splendid pink and white gold balloon is engraved with suns, the zodiac, fleurs de lys, garlands, insignia and an eagle with outstretched wings.

Reference 7610U/000G-B243 – Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers – Paris 1784.  The hot air balloon was equipped with a system for guiding a balloon’s trajectory designed by Blanchard,a pioneer in hot air balloon.The ingenious wings embody the great system. Although its final landing site was far from the initial designated spot, the flight provided much inspiration for the later development.

Reference 7610U/000G-B246 Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers – Bordeaux 1784. Its significance lies in the fact that the whole France joined the flight feat. The flight scene three travelers took the balloon became the magnificent wonder in that era. The balloon on the plique-à-jour enamel background features a splendid variety of fabrics and ornamentation, as well as a mythological scene in the middle of the balloon.

Vacheron Constantin Metiers D’art Les Aérostiers collection reflects the process mankind conquered the space, and it also embodies pioneering and enterprising spirit in that era. The magnificent feats are displayed through exquisite craftsmanship of Vacheron Constantin .