European Artistic Crafts Days 2013

april 2013

European Artistic Crafts Days 2013
Since 2011, Vacheron Constantin has been associated with the Artistic Crafts Days that seek to promote and pass on the expertise of more than 200 special crafts, some of which are centuries old. For the 2013 edition, the House is enthusiastically renewing its activities with the French Institut National des Metiers d’Art as patron of the European Artistic Crafts Days in France, as well as in Milan, London and Geneva.

For the first time in London, April 4-6, in partnership with Walpole, a not-for-profit organization in the United Kingdom that plays a benchmark role in promoting the excellence of British luxury, also frames artistic artisans and their generosity within a context of passing on values and exercising ancestral skills. Vacheron Constantin is supporting an exhibition at Somerset House, “Crafted – Makers of the Exceptional, that will highlight the excellence of the artistic crafts.

In France, April 5-7, in partnership with the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, Vacheron Constantin will be supporting the exhibition held in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on the theme “Le temps de la creation” in order to demonstrate that artistic crafts are very much part of modern times.

In Milan, April 6-14, in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Vacheron Constantin invites passionate enthusiasts and novices to Superstudio 13 for an exhibition titled “Arts & Crafts & Design – Time according to Alessandro Mendini and his Artisans” – dreamed up by one of the most eminent Italian designers and which establishes an unprecedented dialogue between design and artistic crafts on the theme of Time, as well as revealing that these crafts firmly belong to the contemporary design scene.

Finally, in Geneva, April 5-7, in partnership with the City of Geneva, 10 cultural institutions explore the theme of “L’envers du décor” by unveiling what goes on behind the scenes and inviting the public to engage in a dialogue with the talented individuals who exercise artistic crafts. Vacheron Constantin will in particular be supporting the exhibition at the Geneva Art and History Museum that will highlight the creations and demonstrations by these institutions.

Each of these events is an important venue featuring a blend of meticulous care, impeccable precision, superlative excellence and timeless beauty. They offer a unique opportunity to become more keenly aware of a proud heritage that must be preserved at all costs, as well as of imagining every possible means of keeping it vibrantly alive in tune with the codes of contemporary society.

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“Métiers d’Art – Florilège” collection

“Métiers d’Art – Florilège” collection

Master enameller at work

Master enameller at work

Master of guillochage at work

Master of guillochage at work

Master gemsetter at work

Master gemsetter at work