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Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers: Celebrating a brief history of BallooningsharetweetshareThe French called them aerostiers those early aviation pioneers who piloted the primary heat balloons in to the sky through the late Eighteenth century, paving the way to the advance of powered flight. In 2010, Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the telltale balloonists in addition to their historic, omega seamaster 300m gravity-defying "aerostatic experiments" with five new timepieces in their aesthetically ambitious Metiers d'Art collection, called Les Aerostiers, which showcase on their breathtakingly detailed and colorful dials a variety of artistic techniques.The Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Arts Les Aerostiers is made of five replica watches, each restricted to only five apiece.The dials from the Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers replica watches combine hand-engraved, micro-sculpted gold depictions of 5 historical hot air balloons, whose flights took place between 1783 and 1785 in locations throughout France, with translucent background elements in plique √† jour enamel. The balloons are manufactured employing a technique called pounced ornament engraving, where a master engraver first traces the volumes of a two-dimensional rendering by using a drypoint technique, then sculpts materials to achieve a delicate rounded effect, carving out of the curves from the balloons, their baskets, plus the tiny lines of these ropes. The burins employed to execute the engravings along with other tools for instance small stones, brushes, and files have to be repeatedly sharpened since the a higher level finishing becomes increasingly precise, culminating inside the smallest information on a person's and animal figures, and so on the meticulous decoration in the balloons. The strategy used to produce the backgrounds highest quality swiss replica watches , an art mastered by very few artisans nowadays in this era, is paying homage to cloisonne enameling, using the deficiency of basics creating a result similar to that of a stained glass window.In chronological order with the date with the ballon flight that inspired each of them, the timepieces within the collections are the following:The Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Versailles 1783 commemorates the flight with the balloon made by √Čtienne de Montgolfier, which carried a sheep, a rooster, and also a duck (all, certainly, reproduced as tiny gold figures on the dial) in the skies above Versailles. This experimental, unmanned flight ended up being gauge in the event the oxygen at the given altitude was sufficient for the human balloonist to breathe. Rising higher than the brown-shaded dial, the sculpted 5N rose-gold balloon even shows the frayed ropes that have been damaged in the balloon's landing.Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Versailles 1783, front (above) and back (below)The primary balloon flight by way of a person may be the inspiration for that Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Paris 1783, that has a sky-blue past and combining white gold and rose gold in the ornate balloon. Within the basket of the balloon, also created by √Čtienne de Montgolfier, are two micro-sculpted aerostiers; within the balloon itself certainly are a variety of intricately engraved design elements, including suns, fleur de lis, garlands, signs and symptoms of the zodiac and a majestic eagle.Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Paris 1783, front (above) and back (below)Another ballooning pioneer, named Blanchard, designed the flying device depicted inside the green-dialed Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Paris 1784. Its experimental system of wings, depicted in painstaking detail on the dial's engraved gold balloon, were a beginning try and advice the trajectory of a balloon's flight.Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Paris 1784, front (above) and back (below)The deep red colors of an fine claret are appropriately deployed for your dial and strap of the Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Bordeaux 1784, whose imagery is inspired using a historic three-person flight that occurred in France's storied wine region. The balloon's engraved details have a variety of fabrics and ornamentation, a depiction of your mythological scene, and watches , naturally, the trio of human figures piloting the aerostat in the air from your basket.Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Bordeaux 1784, front (above) and back (below)Finally, the Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Bagnols 1785, using its various shades of blue translucent enamel and white-and-yellow-gold relief-engraved balloon, celebrates the successful flight witnessed by 10,000 spectators in the village of Bagnols in 1785. This dial's balloon is notable because of its blue-tinted upper sector, achieved by using a gold electroplating process; also of note to historians is that the canvas with this history-making balloon would later be familiar with make uniforms for French Republican Army volunteers.Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Les Aerostiers - Bagnols 1785, front (above) and back (below)Like previous models inside the Metiers d'Art series, every one of the replica watches is operated by Vacheron Constantin's self-winding manufacture Caliber 2460 G4/1, that's noteworthy for its unorthodox hands-free, disk-type time display with hours, minutes, day and date indications all visible through apertures about the rim with the dial (the hours and minutes are "dragging" displays even though the day and date are "jumping"). The 237-part movement, visible by having a clear sapphire caseback, has 27 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency, and also a 40-hour power reserve; it's got earned the Hallmark of Geneva due to the high-end finishing, several of which could be glimpsed from the dial's translucent enamel panes. The movement continues to be specially modified because of this collection having a 22k gold rotor, engraved and domed to become a heat balloon.Each Les Aerostiers timepiece is housed in the 40-mm-diameter white gold or platinum case and placed on a Mississippi alligator strap, having a white-gold half-Maltese-cross-shaped clasp, that echoes the history colors with the dial. Limited to just five pieces in each reference, they can be coming in at $135,000 (it is known as a balloon payment).sharetweetshare