You guessed it right. With their new Métiers d’Art Copernicus celestial spheres 2460 RT collection, Vacheron Constantin is paying tribute to Polish mathematician and astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus. It was Copernicus, who in 1543 published the book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and theorized that the Earth spins on its axis and has a satellite, the Moon, but above all that it gravitates around the Sun. The new Copernicus collection is based on theory and feature one dial and three different takes on it.
The dial designs are inspired by the baroque style works of Andreas Cellarius, a 17th-century Dutch-German cartographer, author of the most important colorful sky map, Harmonia Macrocosmica. The dials consist of two main parts – an oval center with a hand-engraved pink gold Sun and an outer disc with decorative art. Located between the two is the, represented by a small domed glass measuring just 6.8 mm diameter fitted on a gold disc, underneath this offers a polar view of the continents based on a Lambert conic map projection.
The first model of the three-piece collection feature a Grand Feu enameled dial with artwork inspired by the astronomical map of the Copernican system as drawn by Andreas Cellarius. The small glass dome features a champlevé Grand Feu enamel Earth with blue oceans and continents. The rest of the dial is decorated with an enameled map of the sky in pastel colors on a gold base. There are five planets on the dial represented by a star and two solstices. The edge of the dial is decorated with the 12 zodiac signs in polychrome enamel. Mostly handcrafted, it took craftsmen more than a month to create a dial and sometimes dangerous work when using 850°C firings.
The second Métiers d’Art Copernicus dial is decorated with hand-engraved baroque-inspired artwork. The white gold dial is covered in intervening and overlapping 12 signs of the zodiac. Vacheron Constantin notes when viewed under a magnifying glass, the bulging muscles of Sagittarius and the flowing mane of Capricorn are extremely realistic. This model also features oceans with microscopic wave artwork under the Earth glass dome, while the continents are polished to highlight the brightness of the gold.
The decorations on this white and blue dial are the results of laser engraving and hand engraving on sapphire crystal. The hand-engraved Earth features gold continents and white oceans with waves. The transparent sapphire crystal engraved with zodiac signs are overlaid on hand-painted midnight blue under the dial. The engraver had quite a lot of engraving work to do highlight the raised zodiac signs and shine to the sapphire. A 3D effect was added to the dial by way of a star-studded sky.
All three Hallmark of Geneva certified Métiers d’Art Copernicus timepieces is powered by in-house built self-winding caliber 2460 RT movement that offers 36-hours of power reserve. The time is displayed by two triangular 4N gold hands – the cut out one at 2 o’clock indicates hours and the solid one at 10 o’clock indicate minutes. The three models are fitted with a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap secured by a gold buckle. The retail price has not yet been set.
Source: Vacheron Constantin