Vacheron Constantin for culture with Métiers d’Art
Vacheron Constantin continues to support the arts with this year’s edition of the annual Métiers d’Art days, which showcased a number of art exhibitions in major European cities such as Paris and Milan from March 30th to April 1st, 2012.
Since 2011, the horology company has associated its name with Métiers d’Art which are dedicated to promoting and passing on the culture of over 200 sometimes centuries-old skills. Proof of the growing interest among the public and professionals alike, the 2011 Paris event hosted more than 1,300,000 visitors during the three-day exhibition.
Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques collection
In light of this unprecedented success, the 2012 Métiers d’Art Days are taking on a European dimension. Two large events, in France and Italy, in which Vacheron Constantin is taking part, will form a cultural bridge between the hand craftsmanship traditions of different countries on March 30th and 31st and April 1st.
In Paris, the “Memoires d’Avenir” exhibition will focus on the duty of transmission – a value dearly cherished by Vacheron Constantin. A dozen masters and their apprentices will be on hand to share their talents. On this occasion, for the first time, the Manufacture will present the three pieces of the “Métiers d’Art Les Univers Infinis”, in the company of a master gemsetter and his apprentices, and of two master guillocheurs (engine-turning specialists).
In Milan, the “Capi d’Opera” exhibition will pay tribute to the excellence of the artistic crafts in Lombardy, with the participation of numerous artisans. Partnering the event, Vacheron Constantin also unveiled the third boxed set in its “Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” collection. A master lacquerer from the House of Zôhiko, founded in 1661 in Kyoto and with which the Manufacture has cooperated on this collection, will enable visitors to admire the ancient technique of Japanese “maki-e” lacquering.
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