Announced in 2019, the partnership between Vacheron Constantin and Le Louvre in Paris now goes a step further. In 2020, the Bid for the Louvre charity offered the opportunity for a buyer to customize a watch featuring one of the museum collection’s artworks on its dial – with the proceeds of the auction bid going to the museum’s solidarity projects. The unique piece watch born in the frame of this project has been unveiled. It reproduces on its enamel dial La Lutte pour l’Etendard de la Bataille d’Anghiari by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. Initiated by this creation, the A Masterpiece On Your Wrist program now allows Vacheron Constantin customers to create unique-piece watches reproducing artworks from the Museum collections.
Presented in 2022, the Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Civilisations collection was an opportunity to acquire Vacheron Constantin watches related to the Louvre collection. Indeed, this quartet of limited-edition watches was inspired by emblematic masterpieces conserved in the Louvre, each representative of four great civilizations. A new stage in the partnership, the A Masterpiece On Your Wrist program will now enable clients to choose from among the museum’s works of art the one that will be reproduced in enamel on the dial of their watch. The experience will be accompanied by a private tour of the Louvre and of the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture.
The program was somehow initiated in 2020 by the Bid for the Louvre Charity auction, a project that provides a good example of what can be achieved by Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers and craftsmen. Indeed, the watch created for the successful bidder has now been unveiled. The artwork he chose to feature on his watch is La Lutte pour l’Etendard de la Bataille d’Anghiari by Rubens. If the Geneva miniature painting technique appeared to be the most appropriate to reproduce the original work, the enameler also incorporated blanc de Limoges, a technique generally used in grisaille enamel. About 20 shades of brown, grey-brown, sepia-brown and cream-brown were used, each of which required a dedicated firing.
This unique piece comes in a 40mm pink gold case with an officer-type case back engraved with the motto Cerca Trova (he who seeks finds). It is powered by the automatic 2460 SC calibre displaying hours, minutes and centre seconds. Its 22K oscillating weight is engraved with a reproduction of the Louvre eastern façade.
The price for this “experiential offer” has not been communicated and will certainly vary depending on the customization options. For more information, please visit www.vacheron-constantin.com.