Vacheron Constantin “Bid for the Louvre”


Vacheron Constantin “Bid for the Louvre”

“Bid for the Louvre”

A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum
La Cote des Montres - November 28th, 2020

Example of a miniature enamel rendering of The Loves of Paris and Helen, by Jacques-Louis David, kept at the Louvre Museum
A Masterpiece on your wrist

A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Les Cabinotiers watch up for auction at the Louvre Museum

“Bid for the Louvre”, auction from December 1st to 15th 2020

Example of a creation that can be done in grisaille enamel, inspired by Guillaume Coustou’s sculpture of the Horse Restrained by a Groom, called Horse of Marly
  • A Les Cabinotiers timepiece donated to the Louvre Museum, partner of Vacheron Constantin, as part of the “Bid for the Louvre” online auction.

  • A bespoke one-of-a-kind model, whose dial will reproduce in miniature enamel or grisaille enamel an artwork kept in the Louvre Museum and chosen by its buyer.

  • An unforgettable experience encompassing Paris and Geneva, meeting the curators of the Louvre and the artisans of Vacheron Constantin to create this exceptional watch.

  • A unique offer, part of a larger and joint effort from leading luxury Maisons and contemporary artists to support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre. 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated.

© Musée du Louvre, Olivier Ouadah
Geneva, November 27th 2020 - A partner of the Louvre Museum since 2019, Vacheron Constantin is auctioning a Les Cabinotiers watch at the “Bid For the Louvre” sale organised online from December 1st to 15th by the Louvre Museum and Christie’s, with the support of Drouot. More than a watch, this model represents a unique opportunity for its buyer to enjoy an unforgettable experience poised at the intersection of art and craftsmanship, between Paris and Geneva.

© Musée du Louvre, Olivier Ouadah
Vacheron Constantin is pleased to be supporting the Louvre Museum in the “Bid for the Louvre” auction from December 1st to 15th 2020 exclusively on the Christie’s website, from which the entire proceeds will be donated to the museum’s solidarity projects. Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers watch is the only horological lot among the unique and exclusive pieces put up for auction. This participation was a natural choice for the Manufacture, testifying to its profound attachment to art and culture as well as its concern for safeguarding and passing on heritage in all its forms.

Example of a drawing by one of the Vacheron Constantin designers, reproducing on paper the work chosen by the purchaser of the watch, which will serve as a basis for the master enameler in creating the dial
“We are proud to be taking part, along other artists and Maisons, in this exceptional auction organized by the Louvre and Christie’s in support of the Museum’s solidarity projects. Our ongoing commitment to art and the transmission of savoir-faire – which has been expressed alongside the Louvre since the announcement of our partnership a year ago – takes on even greater significance within a global context that is troubled and challenging in more ways than one. Putting up for auction a Les Cabinotiers timepiece based on a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind model personalized in accordance with the acquirer’s wishes, symbolizes the identity of our Maison and its mission to promote the sharing of culture and emotions”, says Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO.

Dial inspired by Veronese’s work Youth and Age (Saturn), created for the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice (Italy)
The acquirer of this exceptional piece will have the opportunity to personalise it through full participation in its creation, along with experts and master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin and Le Louvre. In addition to the dial, which will reproduce an artwork from the Louvre Museum, they will be able to choose the case material – platinum or pink or white gold – to have an engraving made on the officer-type case-back; and to opt for a strap from among the many possibilities of materials and colors. This timepiece will be powered by in-house Calibre 2460 SC, crafted according to the demanding standards of Vacheron Constantin and Haute Horlogerie in terms of both reliability and finishing.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art – Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris “Tribute to famous composers” watch.
Miniature enamel dial reproducing a detail from the ceiling of the Opéra de Garnier in Paris painted by Marc Chagall in 1964

A work of art
on the dial


The adventure for the successful bidder will begin in Paris, during a private visit to the Louvre led by its best expert, in order to select with him/her the masterpiece that will be reproduced in enamel on the dial, from among the paintings and sculptures conserved in the Museum. According to the choice made and the client’s preference, the Vacheron Constantin Master enameller will use the miniature enamel or grisaille enamel technique.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art “Hommage à l’art de la Danse”, Grisaille enamel dial, reproducing works from Edgar Degas
The delicate skill involved in miniature enamel – in its version known as the “Geneva technique” dating from the 18th century – is reserved for the most experienced artisans mastering both pigments and fire. One of the main challenges consists in composing a colour palette compliant with the original shades of the work, while remaining keenly aware that the multiple firings in the kiln at over 800°C are liable to alter its colour and brilliance.

Openworked oscillating-weight
Grisaille enamel is a craft that appeared in the 16th century and consists of superimposing touches of a rare white enamel – called Limoges white – on a layer of dark enamel coating the gold dial base. Each layer of enamel is then fired in a kiln, while scrupulously respecting pre-defined firing times to the nearest second.

Calibre 2460 SC



Closely involved throughout the creative process, the acquirer of this unique Les Cabinotiers watch will be able to choose from several personalisation options during a private visit to the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in Geneva, where he/she will meet the creative talents of the design studio, the master watchmakers, as well as enamellers and engravers working on his/her watch.

Calibre 2460 SC
A platinum, pink gold or white gold case, engraving on the case and officer case-back, a choice of strap – material, colour, stitching and marking – are just some of the many possibilities available to personalise this exceptional timepiece powered by the Manufacture 2460 SC self-winding calibre.

Calibre 2460 SC
The transparent case-back will reveal a 22-carat gold oscillating weight openworked in the shape of a Maltese cross, the symbol of Vacheron Constantin, as well as hand finishing, bevelling, circular-graining and polishing – all performed with the greatest respect for watchmaking expertise.

Hands fitting
At the close of this exclusive experience, the purchaser will receive their watch, accompanied by two certificates of authenticity: one from Vacheron Constantin; and another from Le Louvre Museum certifying the reproduction of the artwork.

Hands fitting

À propos
de Vacheron Constantin


Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for over 265 years, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication through generations of master craftsmen.

At the pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie and understated elegance, the Maison creates timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, and an extremely high level of finishing touches.

Vacheron Constantin brings to life unparalleled heritage and a spirit of innovation through its collections: Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Métiers d’Art, Overseas, Fiftysix, Historiques and Égérie. It also offers its discerning clientele of connoisseurs the rare opportunity to acquire unique and bespoke timepieces by means of its “Les Cabinotiers” department.

Vacheron Constantin
Les Cabinotiers
“Bid for the Louvre”, auction

Technical data

The Three Graces, goddesses of plant life and beauty, companions of the god Apollo /2nd century AD
Heads restored in 1609 by the sculptor Nicolas Cordier
Discovered on Mount Caelius in Rome (Italy)
Limited edition :Unique piece
Certificate of Authenticity for the reproduction of the masterpiece issued by Le Louvre
Certificate of Guarantee issued by Vacheron Constantin
Poinçon de Genève Certificate
Movement :Calibre 2460 SC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter :26.20 mm (11¼’’’)
Thick :3.60 mm
Power reserve :Approximately 40 hours
Frequency :4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Components :182
Jewels :27
Certification :Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Indications :Hours, minutes and central seconds
Case :Platinum or 18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
Officer-style hinged case back, personalized engraving at client’s choice
Diameter :40 mm
Thick :9.42 mm
Dial :Miniature enamel or grisaille enamel depending on chosen artwork
Hands :18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
Bracelet :Mississippiensis alligator leather strap or calfskin leather
Personalized stitching and color
Clasp :8K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold pin buckle
Presentation box :Les Cabinotiers model
Aphrodite, known as the Venus de Milo