Best of the Best 2012: Men's Watches: Visual Artistry: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris

  • Photo by Jean-Marc Breguet
    Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris Photo by Jean-Marc Breguet

The involvement in any project of Anita Porchet, the current sovereign of Swiss-watch enamelists, virtually guarantees a timepiece of superlative aesthetic quality; the underlying concept of the latest Métiers d’Art series of watches from Vacheron Constantin ($175,900) raises the artistic stakes even higher. Porchet teamed up with the brand on 15 unique timepieces to commemorate Marc Chagall’s famous ceiling in the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris. The watch now residing in the company’s museum depicts the entire ceiling—on which Chagall celebrates famous composers and their works—while the remaining 14 highlight specific details. With each of these one-of-a-kind watches, Porchet fully expresses her talents as she captures the exuberant spirit of Chagall’s creation. (877.862.7555, www.vacheron-constantin.com)

From Around the Web...
The $38,000 watch features a manually-wound movement displayed amidst titanium and ceramic…
Showcasing tuneful automata, the limited-edition release will comprise 16 examples…
More complex than its spare style suggests, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds is a visionary design…
Paul Boutros of Phillips Watches reveals the current watch that’s sure to be a collector’s item…
The smart-watch collection features new styles and strap colors to satisfy the techie fashionista…
Photo by Claude-Alain Fluckiger
Catch the intricately engraved bouquet on the Petite Heure Minute…
Join the First Look webcast for an inside look at 12 rare Patek Philippe minute repeater timepieces...
The timepiece’s sidereal-time display tracks the movement of the stars with zodiac indications…
Here's a look at five of the dozen minute repeaters demonstrated on August 30…
Within the 18-karat-gold case is a dial depicting the schooner America sailing to victory in 1851…