Heartbeat: Vacheron Constantin And The Art Of Openworking
by Ian Skellern
In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow − hurry, guys, hopefully you still have time to buy some flowers and chocolates − I’d like to revisit these fantastic openwork watches that Vacheron Constantin presented earlier this year at the SIHH in Geneva.
Done well, and Vacheron Constantin is a master of the art, openworking requires a lot of skill and experience as the idea is to remove as much of the material as possible to reveal the mechanisms beneath the dial, while ensuring it remains looking elegant and is still structurally rigid enough for its purpose.
First, a watchmaker analyzes what can be removed. Plates and bridges are then drilled and cut out before being beveled, engraved and polished.
The stunning pieces shown here are from the Metiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements collection, and each of the 37 mm gold watches is strictly limited to just 20 pieces.
Learn more about Vacheron Constantin’s openwork timepieces in this video by TheWatchesTV.
For more information, please visit www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/sihh-2014-skeleton-watches and www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/watches/metiers-d-art/Fabuleux-Ornements.