From Mine to Store: Vacheron Constantin’s Limited-Edition China Limodoron Watch

Inspired by The Temple of Flora, a 1799 British book of lush botanical illustrations, the China Limodoron timepiece from Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin couples pinprick-precise watch mechanics with ancient jewelry craft. One of three limited-edition floral-themed watches in the Métiers d’Art Florilège collection, the piece “was built on the concept of revisiting a classic, almost predictable subject when speaking about feminine watches: flowers,” says Christian Selmoni, creative director of Vacheron Constantin. So they took a different angle: combining sublime guillochage, enameling, and diamond-setting in a single piece. “It is possible to create contemporary designs using very traditional crafts present in the company since 1755,” he says.Etch a SketchThe ancient craft of guillochage creates geometric patterns on surfaces with a hand-driven machine. Guilloch

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