April 2011 - the Métiers d’Art Days in Paris: an inaugural reception honoured with the presence of world-famous personalities from the domain of Culture and Craftsmanship.
As patron of the “Talents d’Exception” exhibition, Vacheron Constantin welcomed on Thursday, 31st March a hundred or so guests in Paris at the Moulding and Casting Gallery of the City of Architecture and Heritage, just opposite the Eiffel Tower.
The eminent guest roster included Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister for Culture and Communication, Frédéric Lefebvre, Secretary of State responsible for Handicraft, Jean-Michel Delisle, President of the INMA, as well as Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin. Also present were Alain Griset, President of the Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Crafts and Craftsmanship and of the National Fund for the Promotion and Communication of Craftsmanship, Serge Nicole, President of the Atelier d’Art de France and the Honourable Senator Catherine Dumas.
In the course of this exhibition, guests were able to admire the work in different ateliers devoted to bottle-making, straw marquetry work, gilding, felt-making, textiles and haute couture, as well as the crafts of Art Deco cabinet-making, gold thread embroidery, lacquering, lithography, fan-making, watchmaking by a Vacheron Constantin watchmaker, the Genevese technique of Grand Feu enamelled miniature painting, and the maki-e technique exercised by a master lacquerer from the Zôhiko company, flown in specially from Kyoto for this exhibition.
On this occasion, Vacheron Constantin presented two new models in its Métiers d’Art collection. Firstly, a unique model in the Métiers d’Art “Chagall & L’Opéra de Paris” collection, dedicated to the work of P.I. Tchaikovsky. And secondly, a tribute to the ancestral Japanese art of maki-e with three new creations from the Métiers d’Art “La Symbolique des Laques” collection.
In his speech, Juan-Carlos Torres reminded listeners that the Geneva-based Manufacture is “dedicated to perpetuating a heritage and to passing on the human values that define its know-how”. Meanwhile, Frédéric Mitterrand expressed his delight in joining with Vacheron Constantin in “inaugurating this beautiful 'Talents d’Exception' exhibition which highlights the skills of these Masters of Art, of their Students, as well as of all the great artistic craftspeople of the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin, representing since 1755 a perfect example in the watchmaking field of the meticulous care and patience required for these crafts of excellence and refinement”. In his inaugural speech, he also thanked “this grand Manufacture for having agreed to be one of the main partners of these Days alongside the Ateliers d’Art de France and the Chambers of Crafts and Craftsmanship, and of having thereby contributed to the success of this event.”
As emphasised by Juan-Carlos Torres on the subject of this exceptional event: “the human hand is unequalled in its capacity to stir emotions…”
Photo captions :
- Alain Griset, Jean-Michel Delisle, Juan-Carlos Torres, Catherine Dumas, Frédéric Mitterrand, Serge Nicole
- Frédéric Mitterrand giving his speech
- The master lacquer artist from the Zôhiko company
- The master enameller