Book Review: 'Vacheron Constantin Artists Of Time' | Quill & Pad

Book Review: 'Vacheron Constantin Artists Of Time' | Quill & Pad

During the dispatch of the world’s most complicated watch, the Reference 57260 on September 17, 2015 , Vacheron Constantin dispatched a second beautiful thing: the genuinely all encompassing oeuvre Artists Of Time.

‘The Artists of Time’ narratives the historical backdrop of Vacheron Constantin

This book investigates both the internal operations of Vacheron Constantin’s craftsmanship and its pretentious history: from September 17, 1755 entirely through Reference 57260 of September 17, 2015, in fact.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: the original Vacheron Constantin workshop, situated on Geneva’s Quai de l’Ile

In three areas the book recounts the tale of Vacheron Constantin, quite possibly the most popular maisons in watchmaking history, which additionally turns out to be the simply one to have been in persistent activity altogether this time.

The first segment, “A Uninterrupted Story,” relates the verifiable foundation of the assembling in five sections as though it were a novel. The story starts in 1755 with the skilled workers known as the cabinotiers of Geneva, which is the place where we experience the youthful Jean-Marc Vacheron, who, by marking his first understudy, establishes his eponymous company.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: the absolute first watch made by Jean-Marc Vacheron, 1755; housed in a silver case with a polish dial, it is twisted by key (photograph graciousness Bruno Ehrs)

Several impeccable full-page photographs of the first known pocket watch by Monsieur Vacheron accompany this part. This watch from 1755, marked “J M Vacheron à Genève,” was housed in a silver case; the time was perused from a veneer dial. Twisted by key, this valuable relic is presently kept in Vacheron Constantin’s own archives.

The part follows history really taking shape: when Vacheron met Constantin, how the company fared through the different worldwide and European clashes, and even the timeframe during the 20th century when Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre shared workshops and fates under one roof.

It additionally gives intriguing data on the incredible pocket watches claimed by James Ward Packard and Egyptian lords Fouad and Farouk – which you can likewise find out about in Give Me Five! Vacheron Constantin’s Five Most Complicated Pocket Watches Ever .

From ‘The Artists of Time’: a look into a mid 20th century Vacheron Constantin workshop

The second segment, “Experts of the Art,” clarifies the craft of watchmaking, including embellishment and finishing, different complications, and even super slight developments – something that Vacheron Constantin has consistently been excellent at.

Ending that segment is a short section on reclamation, which, given its long 260-year history, is a vital piece of Vacheron Constantin’s personality today.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: a Vacheron Constantin craftsperson slopes a normal Maltese cross-formed tourbillon carriage (photograph kindness Bruno Ehrs)

The third segment, named “Expert Artisans,” goes into extraordinary profundity with the errands of different craftsmans that decorate Vacheron Constantin’s show-stoppers. These incorporate the fashioner and the enameler – and it is in this part that the various lacquer procedures being used at the memorable maison are completely clarified and even shown by both tasty photographs of verifiable pieces and craftspeople at work.

The guillocheur, the jewel setter, and the etcher don’t come away excessively short, either.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: a fine authentic illustration of the sort of combination of creative components that Vacheron Constantin is able to do (photograph kindness Bruno Ehrs)

The penultimate part in this segment, “Combining Artistic Crafts,” clarifies how creative specialties, for example, wood marquetry can be combined with gold and mother of pearl, while the last section, “Workmanship and Technique: A Single World” gives a glance at how science and craftsmanship join to frame a delightful, timeless piece of horology.

The reference material toward the finish of the book isn’t just captivating, it is additionally enlightening. This incorporates a full genealogical table of the Vacheron and Constantin families as they relate to the company; an inventory of chosen timepieces illustrative of the company through the different periods; and the photographic credits.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: a fine illustration of recorded watchmaking for women dressed in platinum and precious stones commissioned by Sir Bhupindra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, 1916 (photograph Bruno Ehrs)

The last is significant on the grounds that the book is so wonderfully delineated. A considerable number of the full-page photographs were taken explicitly for this book by Swedish picture taker Bruno Ehrs. These charming photos truly make the broad book fly in a visual sense.

Other photographs were sourced from history galleries, different documents, and workmanship museums.

The text was brilliantly explored by FHH originator and president Franco Cologni and his group, who called upon Vacheron Constantin’s in-house history specialist, Julien Marchenoir, for assist with recorded details.

From ‘The Artists of Time’: a threesome of wristwatches having a place with the 1972 line; these three are property of Vacheron Constantin’s chronicles (photograph civility Bruno Ehrs)

The English rendition of this book, which was originally written in French, streams delightfully on account of great interpretation and broad duplicate altering and proofing.

All in all, this oeuvre is an astounding speculation for anybody intrigued by history, Vacheron Constantin, horology, or simply delightful objects.

And it is an outright gala for the eyes.

Artists of Time makes for the ideal present for the horophile in your life and is accessible to arrange online at Amazon .

Quick Facts

Author: Franco Cologni and group

Picture taker: Bruno Ehrs

Distributer: Flammarion

Book style: hardcover with hard defensive case

Size: 247 x 285 mm

Year of distribution: 2015

Number of pages: 356 with 300 outlines

ISBN: 978-2-08-020224-6

Dialects: English and French, will in the end be accessible in nine additional dialects

Cost: $125