March 2012 - 2012 European Métiers d’Art Days
Since 2011, Vacheron Constantin has associated its name with the annual Métiers d'Art Days which are dedicated to promoting and passing on the culture of over 200 skills, some of which are centuries old.
Proof of the growing interest among the public and professionals alike, the 2011 Paris event hosted more than 1,300,000 visitors during the three-day exhibition. In light of this unprecedented success, the 2012 Métiers d'Art Days are taking on a European dimension. Two large events, in France and Italy, in which Vacheron Constantin is taking part, will form a cultural bridge between the hand craftsmanship traditions of different countries from 30th March to 2nd April.
In Paris from 30th March to 1st April, the “Mémoires d’Avenir” exhibition will focus on the duty of transmission – a value dearly cherished by Vacheron Constantin. A dozen masters and their apprentices will be on hand to share their talents. On this occasion, for the first time, the Manufacture will present the three watches of the “Métiers d'Art Les Univers Infinis”, in the company of a master gemsetter and his apprentices and of two master guillocheurs (engine-turning specialists).
In Milan, from 31st March to 2nd April, the “Capi d’Opera” exhibition will pay tribute to the excellence of the artistic crafts in Lombardy, with the participation of numerous artisans. Partnering the event, Vacheron Constantin will have the pleasure of unveiling the third boxed set in its “Métiers d'Art : La Symbolique des Laques collection”. A master lacquerer from the House of Zôhiko, founded in 1661 in Kyoto and with which the Manufacture has cooperated on this collection, will enable visitors to admire the ancient technique of Japanese “maki-e” lacquering.
Supporting an institution like the European Métiers d'Art Days serves to keep an exceptional heritage alive and pass it on to future generations. For Vacheron Constantin, promoting the artistic crafts goes way beyond a commitment; it is nothing less than a duty.
- « Métiers d'Art Les Univers Infinis »
- Master guillocheur at work
- Master gemsetter at work
- « Métiers d'Art La Symbolique des Laques »
- Master lacquerer from the House of Zôhiko