Don’t do different things, just do things differently. If anyone has incorporated this old adage into their systems, it has to be the people at Vacheron Constantin. No matter what they do, it stands out. Take for example their new collection Metiers d’Art – Chagall et l’Opera de Paris. Designed to celebrate 30 years of AROP’s – that’s Association pour le Rayonement de l’Opera de Paris or loosely translated as the Friends of The Paris Opera — this pièce de résistance houses the automatic caliber 2460 and boasts of a reproduction of remarkable detail and quality on par with the famous ceiling of the Opera painted by renowned artist Marc Chagall.
What gives the watch its uniqueness however is the generous use of the traditional Genevan technique “Grand Feu” enamel painting on the dial – it almost feels like having your very own Palais Garnier souvenir. Too bad this unique piece is not on sale. But connoisseurs can find it at the private collection of the Vacheron Constantin Maison.
A little history: Inaugurated in 1875, the Paris Opera also called Pala is Garnier (in tribute to its architect Charles Garner) was a symbol of opulence, beauty and grandeur to a degree that surpassed most monuments of that time. The Opéra de Paris was realized under the rule of Napoleon III as part of the reconstruction that Paris underwent during the Second French Empire.