Arts : Vacheron Constantin at the Paris and Singapore Museums

Until August 14th 2011, the National Museum of Singapore invites visitors to discover the history of Haute Horlogerie in Geneva and the heritage of the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in uninterrupted activity, based on the theme “Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – a legacy of watchmaking since 1755”. Designed like an initiatory journey into the spirit of the 18th century cabinotiers craftsmen, the exhibition is an exploration of the evolution of time measurement, of its related crafts and of the influence of artistic movements – a trilogy that has punctuated the history of Vacheron Constantin since its founding. Visitors travel back in time as they admire the 180 exceptional pieces stemming from the heritage of the Geneva-based manufacturer and exhibited over a 600 m2 area.

A little earlier this past spring, the Journées des Métiers d’Art (Artistic Craft Days) invited the general public to meet men and women fired by a passion for their art, in the Moulding and Casting Gallery of the City of Architecture and Heritage in Paris, facing the Eiffel Tower. As patron of this event and represented by its CEO Juan-Carlos Torres, Vacheron Constantin hosted 500 guests in the company of Frédéric Mitterrand, the French Minister for Culture and Communication. During this exhibition, invitees were able to admire the work of ten different Art Masters, including a Vacheron Constantin watchmaker, an exponent of the Genevan technique of Grand Feu miniature enamel painting, as well as maki-e lacquering, performed by a master lacquer artist from the Zôhiko company partnering Vacheron Constantin in its creations featuring this art.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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