This 14’’ Chronomètre Royal pocket watch was ordered by a private client via our Brazilian official retailer “A. Campos” with a grisaille enamelled case back. The piece was sent from Geneva to Brazil on February 28th 1910! 🇧🇷
⭐ From 1907, A. Campos became @VacheronConstantin
official retailer and decided to create a Chronomètre Royal club with the Maison. Back in that time, being a club member was a very distinguishing feature in the Brazilian high society.
⏱️ A.Campos received more than 180 registrations during the firsts months! Therefore, he asked the Manufacture to send him four Chronomètre Royal 22’ pieces per month. At the end of the year, sales forecasts promised twenty pieces per month, what allowed Vacheron Constantin to develop an important market in South America.
🖌️ The grisaille enamel technique dates back to the sixteenth century. Extremely difficult to apply, it has only been mastered by small number of craftsmen.
🎨 It begins with a coat of black enamel on a gold base, then the motif is created by a succession of spots in “blanc de Limoges” white paint spread using needles and very fine brushes to obtain the desired shades of grey.
👨🎨 Each coat is cooked for a certain time, depending on the quality and amount of material being applied. After cooking the piece ten successful times, a large range of grey tones are produced, enabling the artist to create very delicate motifs with shadows and shimmering reflections.
✨ The challenge for Vacheron Constantin’s enamellers is to give the grisaille enamels as much depth, sensitivity and softness as the brightly coloured paintings of great master painters.
🔍 A proper Vacheron Constantin grisaille can be recognized by its depth of colour and variations in brightness.
☝️ Piece from Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection
© O Pharol newspaper, year 6. N°268, October 1st 1910
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