Vacheron Constantin, partner of the second edition of LONDON CRAFT WEEK

June 2016

Vacheron Constantin, partner of the second edition of LONDON CRAFT WEEK

Founding partner of LONDON CRAFT WEEK in 2015, the Manufacture is proud to have supported the second edition of the event in 2016, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship from around the world and featuring hidden workshops alongside celebrated masters and galleries. On this occasion, Vacheron Constantin presented its latest Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection, which pays homage to fine tailoring and well known British fabric patterns.

From May 3rd to 7th 2016, the second edition of LONDON CRAFT WEEK aimed to introduce the talent, people and techniques behind beautifully made things to a wider audience. LONDON CRAFT WEEK is independent, not for-profit and supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin and strategic partners such as the Mayor of London, the Crafts Council, Walpole and the Heritage Crafts Association. Guy Salter, Chairman of LONDON CRAFT WEEK said “There is a magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things.”   

As a preview to LONDON CRAFT WEEK, on May 3rd 2016, Vacheron Constantin presented the five creations of its new Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection.To celebrate these new models, the Manufacture has joined forces with the world’s oldest textile manufacturer, Vitale Barberis Canonico (1663) and has collaborated with Gieves & Hawkes (1771), one of the oldest bespoke tailoring companies in the world, where the event took place.  

On May 4th   2016, Vacheron Constantin launched the second edition of LONDON CRAFT WEEK at the V&A Museum. Makers rubbed shoulders with leading experts, influencers, editors and directors from the art, design, culture, food, luxury, fashion, media and government sectors, whilst admiring exceptional works from London Craft Week’s programme.  Live demonstrations from Vacheron Constantin’s enameller and watchmaker, Chinese calligraphy artist Wang Dongling and paper artist Karen Bit Vejle, were admired by guests on site; who enjoyed an interactive experience with the artisans.     

Julien Marchenoir, Vacheron Constantin Strategy and Heritage Director, commented “LONDON CRAFT WEEK is the ideal platform on which to build this momentum and to foster the promotion of crafts on a global scale.”

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Julien Marchenoir, Vacheron Constantin Strategy and Heritage Director, Mark Henderson, Chairman Gieves & Hawkes, Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin Artistic Director.

Julien Marchenoir, Vacheron Constantin Strategy and Heritage Director, Mark Henderson, Chairman Gieves & Hawkes, Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin Artistic Director.

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The Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection was revealed surrounded by tailored suits created in Vitale Barberis Canonico fabrics.

The Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection was revealed surrounded by tailored suits created in Vitale Barberis Canonico fabrics.

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Everything began with the choice of a noble fabric to clothe the dials of Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale watches: Prince of Wales check, Tartan, Herringbone, Pin Stripes and Windowpane

Everything began with the choice of a noble fabric to clothe the dials of Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale watches: Prince of Wales check, Tartan, Herringbone, Pin Stripes and Windowpane

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Julien Marchenoir, Vacheron Constantin Strategy and Heritage Director with Chinese calligraphy artist Wang Dongling and Guy Salter, Chairman of LONDON CRAFT WEEK during the launch of the second edition of LONDON CRAFT WEEK at the V&A Museum.

Julien Marchenoir, Vacheron Constantin Strategy and Heritage Director with Chinese calligraphy artist Wang Dongling and Guy Salter, Chairman of LONDON CRAFT WEEK during the launch of the second edition of  LONDON CRAFT WEEK at the V&A Museum.