An irresistible invitation to travel, the new Métiers d’Arts Fabuleux Ornements collection celebrates the ornamental beauties of the world drawn from the decorative arts of several cultures.

The openworking of the ultra-slim Calibre 1003 in 18K gold – a mere 1.64 mm thin – transforms it into an incredible lacework of engraved wheel trains. The feat consists in withdrawing a maximum of material without affecting the vital parts that ensure the smooth running of the watch. Setting the final touch to the work, all the bridges are hand-drawn with a file, while every single part is patiently hand-chamfered, decorated and fashioned in traditional manner to form an ideally feather-light composition. The finesse of the front-facing décor is precise to the nearest tenth of a millimetre, while on the back Vacheron Constantin has opted for an exclusively chamfered and hand-drawn finish that preserves a pure, restrained appearance.

 

Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements, architecture ottomane

Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements, Ottoman architecture © Vacheron Constantin

Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements – Ottoman architecture

The ethereal calibre is reflected by the chamfered pink gold moucharaby (wooden lattice) motif formed by the dial and of which every edge is delicately bevelled by hand. Delicately perched on a natural white mother-of-pearl base, the gold gridwork studded with half-pearl beads echoes the majesty of the scrolling patterns in Middle Eastern architecture. The meticulously executed decoration on the rings, known as milgrain and featuring strings of tiny bead shapes coined along the edges, add to the magic of the workmanship. The enchanted world of the Arabian nights continues in the arabesques of the calibre, also embellished with engravings.