Just 2 days and 2 weeks away, I am eagerly awaiting the ONLY Watch 2011 event. As readers know I have previewed the majority of the one-of-a-kind pieces to be offered for auction in Geneva — you can see them all here — but there are still more to be seen! Today we look at the Vacheron Constantin “Dove” watch. Inspired by famous graphic artist M.C. Escher, Vacheron Constantin’s “piece unique” for the ONLY Watch 2011 auction is a real beauty. The watch’s gold, enamelled and diamond-set dial depicts the flight of red and white doves, but of course it is not so simple. The dial adopts concepts such as geometry, symbolism and motion, subtly nesting and layering them in order to generate a beautiful dial that is sure to please anyone who might want to spend countless hours pondering the meaning of it all — a perfect homage to Escher!
Vacheron Constantin “Dove” for ONLY WATCH 2011
40mm white gold case, automatic mechanical movement (Vacheron Caliber 2460 SC)
This timepiece is inspired by a drawing by M.C. Escher – a Dutch engraver and graphic artist (1898-1972) whose work was based on a subtle play on architecture, perspective and space. The red and white doves – symbols of hope and love – are exquisitely interlocking like jigsaw puzzle parts, creating a truly stunning decorative motif.
Within the case beats high-precision mechanical self-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460, bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.