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The new Métiers d’Arts Fabuleux Ornements collection celebrates the ornamental beauties of the world drawn from the decorative arts of several cultures through four ladies’ models born of the art of openworking and a combination of artistic crafts. Ten different master artisans have taken turns in providing talented reinterpretations of Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework. These creations are equipped with an ethereal hand-engraved calibre echoing the precious dial ornamentation.

A luminous white gold lacework adorns the translucent hand-guilloché Grand Feu enamelled dial of the  French lacework  model, set with 13 blue and pink sapphires and 40 diamonds.This artfully polished spun lace pattern is reminiscent of the grand tradition of French-style embroideries, an ancestral art ingrained in the national culture. An infinite sense of lightness pervades the scene, evoking the patient and dextrous craftsmanship performed with the crochet needle or the spindle. The base of the gold dial is clad in a guilloché motif lending subtle depth to the transparent enamel.

 

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"French lacework". © Vacheron Constantin