Vacheron Constantin unveils collection inspired by Medieval beasts
Vacheron Constantin has recreated the illuminating beauty of the Aberdeen Bestiary with its Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés collection of men’s watches featuring three different beasts from the historical manuscript. Each model is a limited edition of just 20 watches.
The original beasts of the 12th century Aberdeen Bestiary were designed to impart symbolic moral messages to a culture that relied almost entirely on visual metaphors. This Vacheron Constantin Vultures watch features two birds creating a circle to symbolise infinity and longevity.
The new Vacheron Constantin Altion watch depicts a green seabird, a metaphor for serenity. The beasts have all been painted in Grand Feu enamel to capture the vivid colours of the original, and decorated with different textures of gold to simulate the gold leaf backgrounds of the illuminated manuscript.
The new Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés collection of Vacheron Constantin watches is the cumulative result of the skills of different craftsmen who practice Grand Feu enamelling, miniature painting, and engraving.
The Vacheron Constantin Savoirs Enluminés collection’s original dial display is made possible by an exclusive mechanism: self-winding Calibre 1120 AT, built on an ultra-thin base movement of just 5.45mm. The gold oscillating weight features a tapestry-like motif, a stylised depiction of the neo-Gothic architecture of the arches on the Crown Tower of King’s College, Aberdeen University