The Copernic Celestial Spheres Métiers d’Art replica watch displays this ideal perfectly. Vacheron Constantin‘s department doesn’t just create some of the most beautiful timepieces around, it also creates really clever timepieces that introduce new time-telling functions and blend mechanics and art into one.
The timekeeping mechanism is one thing, but where you most obviously see traces of Vacheron Constantin’s department of Métiers d’Art is in the dial. Using the style of Andreas Cellarius, a 17th century cartographer and the author of scientific text Harmonia Macrocosmica, the department created the main dial plate with the signs of the zodiac around the central gold Sun.
When Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to Nicolaus Copernicus with the Copernicus Celestial Spheres 2460 RT from the Métiers d’Art collection, it does more than craft three gorgeous dials. It also creates a new mechanical self-winding Manufacture movement – the calibre 2460 RT — so that, on those dials, we can Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art copy watch the Earth spin on its axis once every 24 hours and orbit around the Sun in exactly 365.2421898 days. And because this is Vacheron Constantin, the device that operates this motion will need to be corrected only once every…8,000 years.
Inspired by illustrations of the Copernican system made by 17th century cartographer Andreas Cellarius, this tribute collection consists of three dials with three different executions of the same theme. Each dial is made of two parts. With a hand-engraved pink gold sun on each oval centre, outer discs show off powerful interpretations of zodiac signs with three different decorative crafts: Grand Feu enamel, hand engraving, or hand-engraving with laser engraving on sapphire crystal over a midnight blue underdial. Between the centre and outer disc, a tiny elliptical groove welcomes a 6.8 mm slightly domed hand-crafted gold Earth as it rotates upon itself while orbiting around the Sun.
These unique Vacheron Constantin Copernicus Celestial Spheres copy timepieces, Hallmark of Geneva certified, are complemented with a black alligator leather strap that closes with a half Maltese cross-shaped 18K white gold buckle. Each timepiece is delivered in a luxury box with a magnifying glass to further appreciate the incredible details of the Métiers d’Art. Twelve stylized zodiac signs are engraved around the rim of the bezel. Hours and minutes are indicated by 4N gold peripheral hands. Each case measuring 43 mm in diameter is in 18K white gold with a transparent case back to admire the theme-engraved gold oscillating weight.
There are three variations of the Copernic ‘Celestial Spheres’ Métiers d’Art, each displaying different types of decorative techniques. One includes an enameled dial with enameled Earth, another is a fully hand-engraved model (the one depicted in the images here), and one is hand-painted and engraved. It seems like they’ll offer three totally different looks, despite the functions of the best fake VC Copernicus Celestial Spheres watch being the same.