Swiss Vacheron Constantin created the special fake Metiers d’Art Tribute To Great Explorers limited series of watches in honour of the great explorers in 2004.
Clearly dedicated to excellence, Vacheron Constantin once again unveils two genuine works of art from both mechanical and aesthetic standpoints, thanks to a patented movement driving an astonishing reading of time and a dial sublimated by the extremely complex and time-honoured art of “grand feu” enamelling. An accomplishment worthy of those achieved by the great explorers of past centuries who, by risking their lives as they journeyed across land and sea, contributed to the advancement of Humankind.
The yellow gold VC Metiers d’Art Tribute To Great Explorers 2008 collection is meant to honor Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus with well crafted watches that have old-style maps on them.
Solid gold cases frame sophisticated enamel art with gold accents throughout. The enamel style is called “grand feu” and is apparently very tricky to get done right. I have no doubt that the methods used to creates this artistic watches are world-class, and that the fit and finish is top-notch. But that is not what a nice watch is all about in the end.
Then the image on a watch face is paramount to telling the time, the method used to tell the time needs to be innovative and not detracting to the art displayed on the dial. The images themselves are supposed to represent basic maps of the areas that Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus explored. That is sort of a tribute to the explorers I guess. It doesn’t actually say anything about them, at least not on the face.
These two exceptional timepieces, entirely hand-crafted with patience and passion, meticulous care and a desire for perfection, are in harmony with the spirit of the Geneva “Cabinotiers” cherished by the brand founders. The demanding nature of the work entailed justifies the limited edition of 60 for each model.
Stemming from the emblematic “Métiers d’Art” line, the exclusive mechanism of these models calls for unusual devices incorporated within an exceptional dial depicting the amazing voyage of these great adventurers who set off in quest of the unknown. A mysterious journey in which time is not counted but instead savoured, like an inestimably precious asset. A legacy.
The luxury fake Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Tribute To Great Explorers replica watch is an in-house automatic movement ref. 1126AT.