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Mécaniques Ajourées carved mechanical watch by Vacheron Constantin

 Vacheron Constantin’s ‘engraving’ has a long history. The first Vacheron Constantin clock manufactured by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755 was already equipped with a carved balance plate. ‘Carving’ is also the biggest theme of Vacheron Constantin this year. At the 2014 SIHH, Vacheron Constantin launched the Maltese tourbillon series in a breath, the legendary decoration of the master Fabuleux Ornements, the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day power reserve tourbillon, and today’s The protagonist art master Mécaniques Ajourées carved sculpture series, the magnificence of the lineup can be seen in its ambitions in the production of carved movements.

 Vacheron Constantin art master Mécaniques Ajourées carved mechanical watch

 The new art master Mécaniques Ajourées engraving machine series is equipped with a 4400 manual winding movement. This is Vacheron Constantin’s first attempt to sculpt a classic homemade movement. The 4400 movement is dug out of nearly half of the material to create sculptures comparable to sculptures. Movement. Vacheron Constantin’s sculptor took inspiration from the ribbed vaults of the train station’s interior hall in the late 19th century, relying on a carving knife in his hand to sculpt a fine arched pattern on the movement with an arc. Relying on the combination of different manual polishing techniques to bring out the relief effect of the carved skeleton, it is said that the carving process of the movement skeleton alone takes at least three days.

Mécaniques Ajourées engraved mechanical watch movement

 The surface of the disc uses the ‘big fire enamel’ process to create the effect of light and shadow transition. This is a bold attempt, because the darker the color, the more light is reflected, even the slightest flaws will not be able to hide. The black flame enamel ring is available in black, blue and gray, and the dial’s Roman numerals are also carved. It has a diameter of 40mm, a thickness of 7.5mm, and is waterproof to 30 meters.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Days SQ

 Less than a month after the end of SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre also launched a new watch showing the crafts of the engraving movement, Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Days SQ series, the first time equipped with a new Caliber 876SQ engraving movement. The design of the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Days SQ collection was inspired by a 1928 antique pocket watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

 Caliber 876 movement was originally released in 2004, and this 876SQ ‘SQ’ represents the use of engraving process. This engraving process requires the sculptor to complete a detailed hollow design first, and then use a wire saw and file according to the drawings to divide Eliminate excess parts inch by inch. In the process of hollowing out, if you are not careful, it may fail. The 262 parts included in the movement need to be manually chamfered, polished and engraved one by one. The thickness of the entire movement is only 6.6 millimeters, and this complex process can be appreciated no matter through the surface or the sapphire crystal case back.
The firing of the blue enamel on the dial’s inner ring is also very laborious. The master of enamel needs to apply the enamel pigment to the surface of the part with a very fine brush, and then repeatedly roast it in the kiln until the desired blue color appears. Finally, the part needs to be carefully polished with diamond powder for several days before it is finished.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Days SQ

 The diameter of the case is 42mm, and the layout of the dial is similar to that of the old pocket watch. The various calendar display functions are complete. The power reserve with red safe area and day / night display are particularly eye-catching. The watch is 11.55mm thick and waterproof to 50 meters.

 Glashütte recently announced the first preheating model of Basel in 2014, PanoMaticInverse, which is based on the PanoInverse, which made a lot of attention in 2008.

 PanoMaticInverse has added a ‘Matic’, as its name implies, referring to the new GO Calibre 91-02 automatic winding movement, which can provide 42 hours of power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal on the bottom of the watch, you can see the 21G gold-edge double G automatic oscillating weight.

 Another important part of the movement, the gooseneck, is visible through the dial cutout. The asymmetrical dial design provides ample space for the double gooseneck trimmer. The gold and silver staggered hand-carved balance spring plate Of particular concern.

 The dial with a diameter of 42mm is polished with Glashütte ribs, and the dial surface uses a simple eccentric small three-pin layout. An extra large calendar window is added at 2 o’clock for easy reading.