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Vacheron's Ode to Copernicus

Vacheron's Ode to Copernicus

Inspired by the great astronomical discoveries by famed mathematician and philosopher Nicolas Copernicus, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Hallmark of Geneva certified, Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres collection in three variations, during the SIHH 2017.

Each timepiece takes inspiration from the graphic interpretations of the colorful sky map - Harmonia Macrocosmica - by Andreas Cellarius, a 17th century Dutch-German cartographer. The dials comprise of two distinct parts – the oval centre bearing the Sun with glowing hand-engraved pink gold face, and the outer disc which is dedicated to the three decorative craft variations.

The Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT collection

Drawing inspiration from the astronomical map of the Copernicus system, Vacheron used the enameling technique on the Earth, revealing the oceans and the geography of the continents.

Inspired by the art of Grand Feu enamel

The dial is punctuated by fine lines illustrating the orbit of the five planets shown. Each of these heavenly bodies, represented by a star, is mentioned by its Latin name, as are the two solstices.

Inspired by the art of Grand Feu enamel

The outer part of the dial bears the 12 zodiac signs in polychrome enamel. They are formed using stencils, finished with a quill pen and filled using a fine brush.

Inspired by the art of Grand Feu enamel

This dial is then smoothed with an abrasive stone, lapped, and polished.

Inspired by the art of Grand Feu enamel

On the Earth orbiting around a flaming gold Sun, the oceans are covered with microscope waves achieved by engraving effects, while the contrasting continents are polished to accentuate the luminosity of the gold.

Inspired by the Art of Engraving

The engraver provides ramolayé (pounced ornament) details, highlighting volumes in the material carved out by hand and lit up by the subtle interplay of slanting and depth effects.

Inspired by the art of Engraving

Graced by a baroque-inspired aesthetic, the second dial is hand-engraved, with the 12 signs of the zodiac overlapped on a white gold disc.

Inspired by the art of Engraving

The Earth is hand-engraved, and the zodiac signs are further complemented with a 3D-effect star-studded sky.

The art of laser-engraving and hand-engraving on sapphire crystal

A hand-painted midnight blue underdial is overlaid with a transparent sapphire crystal engraved on its back, with the symbols sculpted on it using a laser technique. After this, the engraver over them by hand to accentuate the raised motifs and sapphire.

The art of laser-engraving and hand-engraving on sapphire crystal

On the front, the constellations are laser-engraved and then highlighted with Super Luminova®.

The art of laser-engraving and hand-engraving on sapphire crystal
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