Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin has announced that it has entered into a formal partnership with the Musée du Louvre in Paris. “I enthusiastically welcome this collaboration between our two institutions,” Louis Ferla, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, said in a statement. “With the Louvre, we are beginning a very promising new chapter. We could not have dreamt of a better partner for a constructive dialogue on the themes of art and culture.” The collaboration between the two institutions aims to spawn a number of artistic and cultural projects focused on craftsmanship in addition to horological creations inspired by the Louvre’s masterpieces, carefully selected by the Museum’s curators. The Louvre is home to some of Western civilization’s most iconic masterpieces including Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” the ancient Greek statue “The Venus de Milo,” the Napoleon-commissioned “Le Sacre de l’Empereur Napoléon” and Michelangelo’s “captive statues.”
Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, commented: “The Louvre has always been a vibrant place, inspiring creative talents of every era. I am delighted that Vacheron Constantin, a Maison committed to the patient and demanding workmanship involved in Haute Horlogerie, now finds in the Louvre a repertoire and techniques that reinforce and magnify its concern for beauty.” It’s not the first time the two institutions have joined forces. Back in 2016, Vacheron Constantin helped the museum restore a clock known as La Création du Monde. The 18th-century clock first presented in 1754 at the court of King Louis XV of France in Versailles took almost a year to be completely restored.