Vacheron Constantin x Fanson Lam

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking manufacture in continuous production for nearly 270 years. This year, in celebration of its never-ending quest for excellence, innovation, and artistry, the Maison officiates the second bespoke event window in its Ocean Terminal Flagship Boutique on November 17, 2023, partnering with acclaimed mixed-media sculptor, Fanson Lam.

"Eternal Illumination: A Journey Through Time"

A bespoke art installation is inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking virtuosity, the sundial, and the ancient wisdom of the 24 Solar Terms on a Chinese lunar calendar. It stands as a symbol of our connection to the cosmos, a testament to humanity's tireless pursuit of measuring time and capturing its fleeting essence.

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ARTISTIC CONCEPT

Within the realm of Eternal Illumination, we embark on a mesmerizing voyage through the corridors of time. Inspired by the elegant dance of a sundial and the ancient wisdom of the 24 Solar Terms, this installation seamlessly blends the time-honoured craft of Lost Wax Casting with relief sculpting, harmonizing with captivating interplays of light and shadow.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

The ancient craft of Lost Wax Casting, employed in the creation of this installation, is a traditional craft with a history that can be traced back thousands of years. It involves pouring molten metal into plaster moulds, created by lost wax casting, resulting in a final work that is unique and meticulously detailed. By embracing various angles and textures, the installation orchestrates a mesmerizing display of luminosity and darkness. 

ARTISTIC CRAFTS

Relief Sculptures: The installation features 24 flower relief sculptures, each intricately crafted with floral motifs that draw inspiration from the profound essence of the 24 Solar Terms. These sculptures, born from the ancient technique of Lost Wax Casting, pay homage to the revered traditional craft, evoking the timeless connection between time and artistry. 

Lighting Effect: Concealed within the depths, a hidden lightbox delicately illuminates one flower sculpture at a time, casting ethereal shadows that gracefully shift as the ‘time’ rotates. The interplay of light and shadow not only enriches the immersive experience but also mirrors the ever-changing nature of time, akin to the shifting position of sunlight throughout the day. Within this floral sanctuary, each floral pattern casts a unique silhouette, where every shadow is one-of-a-kind.


ABOUT FANSON LAM

Fanson Lam is a self-taught mixed media sculptor hailing from Hong Kong, whose artistic journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of creativity and a passion for sculptural expression. With a solid foundation in a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009 and 2014, Fanson has dedicated almost a decade to honing his craft and exploring the boundless possibilities of sculpture. Under the tutelage of Master Liu Wing Sheung, one of the remaining casting masters in Hong Kong, Fanson began the path of metal casting in 2012.

Throughout his artistic career, Fanson has assumed multiple roles, each contributing to the richness of his artistic practice. As a full-time artisan, he has embraced the freedom to experiment and create, giving life to unique visions that spring from his vivid imagination. Concurrently, Fanson has also served as a part-time lecturer at universities, sharing his knowledge and expertise with students in sculpture classes. The subjects he has taught encompass a broad spectrum, including clay modeling and molding, metal working and woodworking. In his studio, Fanson has further extended his teaching practice, organizing master classes focused on body and portrait sculpting. 

ABOUT VACHERON CONSTANTIN

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for near 270 years, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication through generations of master craftsmen.  At the pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie and understated elegance, the Maison creates timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, and an extremely high level of finishing touches. 

Vacheron Constantin brings to life unparalleled heritage and a spirit of innovation through its collections: Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Métiers d’Art, Overseas, Fiftysix, Historiques and Égérie. It also offers its discerning clientele of connoisseurs the rare opportunity to acquire vintage pieces within the Les Collectionneurs assortment, as well as unique and bespoke timepieces by means of its Les Cabinotiers department.

“Eternal Illumination: A Journey Through Time”

A bespoke art installation by Fanson Lam, Hong Kong-based mixed-media sculptor.

Come discover it from November 17th until March 31st 2024.

 

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