A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum.

Louvre Partnership x Vac 2020 Christie's Experience
Louvre Partnership x Vac 2020 Christie's Experience
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A partner of the Louvre Museum since 2019, Vacheron Constantin is auctioning a Les Cabinotiers watch at the “Bid For the Louvre” sale organised online from December 1st to 15th by the Louvre Museum and Christie’s, with the support of Drouot. More than a watch, this model represents a unique opportunity for its buyer to enjoy an unforgettable experience poised at the intersection of art and craftsmanship, between Paris and Geneva.

A Masterpiece on your wrist

A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum

“Bid for the Louvre”, auction from December 1st to 15th 2020

Louvre Partnership x Vac 2020 Christie's Experience
© Musée du Louvre, Olivier Ouadah
  • A Les Cabinotiers timepiece donated to the Louvre Museum, partner of Vacheron Constantin, as part of the “Bid for the Louvre” online auction.
  • A bespoke one-of-a-kind model, whose dial will reproduce in miniature enamel or grisaille enamel an artwork kept in the Louvre Museum and chosen by its buyer.
  • An unforgettable experience encompassing Paris and Geneva, meeting the curators of the Louvre and the artisans of Vacheron Constantin to create this exceptional watch.
  • A unique offer, part of a larger and joint effort from leading luxury Maisons and contemporary artists to support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated.

 

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Example of a creation that can be done in grisaille enamel, inspired by Guillaume Coustou’s sculpture of the Horse Restrained by a Groom, called Horse of Marly.

Vacheron Constantin is pleased to be supporting the Louvre Museum in the “Bid for the Louvre” auction from December 1st to 15th 2020 exclusively on the Christie’s website, from which the entire proceeds will be donated to the museum’s solidarity projects. Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers watch is the only horological lot among the unique and exclusive pieces put up for auction. This participation was a natural choice for the Manufacture, testifying to its profound attachment to art and culture as well as its concern for safeguarding and passing on heritage in all its forms.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art
“Hommage à l’art de la Danse”, Grisaille enamel dial,
reproducing works from Edgar Degas.

We are proud to be taking part, along other artists and Maisons, in this exceptional auction organized by the Louvre and Christie’s in support of the Museum’s solidarity projects. Our ongoing commitment to art and the transmission of savoir-faire – which has been expressed alongside the Louvre since the announcement of our partnership a year ago – takes on even greater significance within a global context that is troubled and challenging in more ways than one. Putting up for auction a Les Cabinotiers timepiece based on a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind model personalized in accordance with the acquirer’s wishes, symbolizes the identity of our Maison and its mission to promote the sharing of culture and emotions”, says Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
The Three Graces, goddesses of plant life and beauty, companions of the god Apollo /2nd century AD
Heads restored in 1609 by the sculptor Nicolas Cordier
Discovered on Mount Caelius in Rome (Italy)

The acquirer of this exceptional piece will have the opportunity to personalise it through full participation in its creation, along with experts and master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin and Le Louvre. In addition to the dial, which will reproduce an artwork from the Louvre Museum, they will be able to choose the case material – platinum or pink or white gold – to have an engraving made on the officer-type case-back; and to opt for a strap from among the many possibilities of materials and colors. This timepiece will be powered by in-house Calibre 2460 SC, crafted according to the demanding standards of Vacheron Constantin and Haute Horlogerie in terms of both reliability and finishing.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Example of a miniature enamel rendering of The Loves of Paris and Helen, by Jacques-Louis David, kept at the Louvre Museum

A work of art on the dial

The adventure for the successful bidder will begin in Paris, during a private visit to the Louvre led by its best expert, in order to select with him/her the masterpiece that will be reproduced in enamel on the dial, from among the paintings and sculptures conserved in the Museum. According to the choice made and the client’s preference, the Vacheron Constantin Master enameller will use the miniature enamel or grisaille enamel technique.

Self-Portrait with her daughter by Elisabeth Vigée le Brun
Self-Portrait with her daughter by Elisabeth Vigée le Brun

The delicate skill involved in miniature enamel – in its version known as the “Geneva technique” dating from the 18th century – is reserved for the most experienced artisans mastering both pigments and fire. One of the main challenges consists in composing a colour palette compliant with the original shades of the work, while remaining keenly aware that the multiple firings in the kiln at over 800°C are liable to alter its colour and brilliance.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art – Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris “Tribute to famous composers” watch. Miniature enamel dial reproducing a detail from the ceiling of the Opéra de Garnier in Paris painted by Marc Chagall in 1964.

Grisaille enamel is a craft that appeared in the 16th century and consists of superimposing touches of a rare white enamel – called Limoges white –on a layer of dark enamel coating the gold dial base. Each layer of enamel is then fired in a kiln, while scrupulously respecting pre-defined firing times to the nearest second.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
The Battle of Anghiari by Pierre Paul Rubens

Multiple personalisation options

Closely involved throughout the creative process, the acquirer of this unique Les Cabinotiers watch will be able to choose from several personalisation options during a private visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in Geneva, where he/she will meet the creative talents of the design studio, the master watchmakers, as well as enamellers and engravers working on his/her watch.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Dial inspired by Veronese’s work Youth and Age (Saturn),
created for the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice (Italy).

A platinum, pink gold or white gold case, engraving on the case and officer case-back, a choice of strap – material, colour, stitching and marking – are just some of the many possibilities available to personalise this exceptional timepiece powered by the Manufacture 2460 SC self-winding calibre.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Jupiter striking down the vices by Paul Véronèse

The transparent case-back will reveal a 22-carat gold oscillating weight openworked in the shape of a Maltese cross, the symbol of Vacheron Constantin, as well as hand finishing, bevelling, circular-graining and polishing – all performed with the greatest respect for watchmaking expertise.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Aphrodite, known as the Venus de Milo

At the close of this exclusive experience, the purchaser will receive their watch, accompanied by two certificates of authenticity: one from Vacheron Constantin; and another from Le Louvre Museum certifying the reproduction of the artwork.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Sum-up

As a partner of the Louvre Museum, Vacheron Constantin is taking part in the “Bid for the Louvre” online auction organised from December 1st to 15th 2020 on  www.christies.com by donating a bespoke one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers timepiece. More than a watch, it represents a unique opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience in both Paris and Geneva, poised at the intersection between art and craftsmanship. In Paris, during a private visit to the Louvre, the purchaser will have the opportunity to choose a work of art preserved in the museum which will be reproduced on the dial using the miniature painting or grisaille enamel technique. In Geneva, an exclusive visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin will provide an opportunity to choose the personalisation options for this exceptional watch, the sale of which will serve to support the solidarity projects of the Louvre Museum. This unique offer is part of a larger and joint effort from leading luxury Maisons and contemporary artists to support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated.

Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
Louvre Partnership x Vac 2020
Christie’s Experience

Techical data

Calibre
2460 SC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding movement
26.20 mm (11¼’’’) diameter, 3.60 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
182 components
27 rubies
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Case
Platinum or 18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
Officer-style hinged case back, personalized engraving at client’s choice 40 mm diameter, 9.42 mm thick

Dial
Miniature enamel or grisaille enamel depending on chosen artwork
18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold hands

Strap
Mississippiensis alligator leather strap or calfskin leather, personalized stitching and color

Clasp
18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold pin buckle

Presentation box
Les Cabinotiers model

Unique piece.
Certificate of Authenticity for the reproduction of the masterpiece issued by Le Louvre.
Certificate of Guarantee issued by Vacheron Constantin.
Poinçon de Genève Certificate.

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