Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – The Singing Birds

Vacheron Constantin presents Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds, four one-of-a-kind timepieces paying symbolic tribute to the range from Les Cabinotiers named “La Musique du temps®”.

These four one-of-a-kind creations showcase artistic crafts by respectively featuring a hummingbird, a blue jay, a blue tit and a robin. Beating heart these creations, the extra thin 1120 AT movement gives free rein to the talents of the master enameller by providing an off-centered display of the hours on a right-hand dial sector, while leaving space to express the art of champlevé enamel.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers - the singing birds - Hummingbird, Reference 2010C/000R-B681
Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Hummingbird, Reference 2010C/000R-B681

Masterpieces of champlevé painted enamel, the enchanting bucolic scenes on the dials offer a poetic interpretation of “La Musique du Temps®”, a theme imagined by the Les Cabinotiers department and honoured here by the imaginary song of the birds.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers - the singing birds - Blue tit, Reference 2010C/000R-B682
Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue tit, Reference 2010C/000R-B682

Perfect mastery of volumes and craftsmanship techniques is essential on these models featuring a two-tiered dial. The work on the two dial sections – one enamelled and concealing the module driving the hours and minutes, while the other guilloché area serves to display these indications – requires great precision in the fine adjustment of these two elements endowing this model with its innate elegance.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers - the singing birds - Blue jay, Reference 2010C/000R-B683
Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue jay, Reference 2010C/000R-B683

To create these strikingly realistic dials, Vacheron Constantin’s master enameller used the champlevé painted enamel technique. To give life to the bird motifs, the master artisan has broadened his palette to encompass 10 colours and their subtly graded shades.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers - the singing birds -Robin, Reference 2010C/000G-B684
Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds -Robin, Reference 2010C/000G-B684

The hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird and capable of flapping its wings up to 200 times a second, is represented in shades of green, feeding on flower nectar. The blue jay, sentinel of the forests, warns its fellow birds of the presence of predators, accompanying its cries with a few loud wing flaps. Appearing against a brown backdrop, the blue tit with its bright eye highlighted by a brush stroke signals its presence to those who would like to take its place. A robin rests on the dial adorned with burgundy hues. On the right-hand section of the dials, the sector for displaying the hours and minutes is finely hand guilloche and then coloured to bring out the basket-weave motifs.

Vacheron Constantin “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers - the singing birds

These timepieces feature a 40 mm-diameter case: in pink gold for the hummingbird, the blue jay and the blue tit models, and in white gold for the robin.

Each timepiece is fitted with an alligator leather strap in a colour matching that of the dial.

Driven by a concern for formal purity, the Maison has opted for the in-house self-winding 1120 AT caliber because of its slimness and reliability. Developed in the 1960s, this movement immediately attracted the attention of specialists and collectors, not only for its 2.45 mm thickness but also for its construction, which is considered to be a model of horological engineering.

Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1120 AT

Over the decades, this ultra-thin movement has been interpreted through different variations with additional functions, including this 1120 AT version. Despite its satellite hours and minutes module on the reverse side and its guilloché gold oscillating weight winding the barrel on the back of the movement, it is only 5.45 mm thick and housed in a 12.37 mm case.

Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1120 AT

The most notable specific feature of the calibre lies in the time indications. The display appears on a 120° sector bearing applied minutes. The satellite hours are thus of the dragging variety with three arms, each carrying a four-digit rotating disc and taking turns along the minutes scale.

Les Cabinotiers: one-of-a-kind creations

In the Vacheron Constantin universe, Les Cabinotiers represents a department in its own right dedicated to the personalisation of models and to unique creations. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, a time when master watchmakers were called cabinotiers and worked in ateliers bathed in natural light, known as cabinets and located on the top floors of Geneva’s buildings. In the hands of these learned artisans, open to the new ideas of the Enlightenment, exceptional timepieces were born, inspired by astronomy, mechanical engineering and the arts. This expertise, which constitutes the great Geneva watchmaking tradition, has been flowing through Vacheron Constantin’s veins since 1755.

Technical details

Collection: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds

Model: Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Hummingbird
Reference 2010C/000R-B681

Movement
Calibre 1120 AT
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:
• Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the hummingbird
• Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and green color
Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Green Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Rarity
One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue tit
Reference 2010C/000R-B682

Movement
Calibre 1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:
• Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the Blue tit
• Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and brown color
Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle finish, large square scales
18K 5N pink gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Rarity
One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Blue jay
Reference 2010C/000R-B683

Movement
Calibre 1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K 5N pink gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:
• Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the Blue jay
• Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and blue color
Applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold

Strap
Blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Rarity
One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece

Model: “La Musique du Temps®” Les Cabinotiers – the singing birds – Robin
Reference 2010C/000G-B684

Movement
Calibre 1120 AT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin mechanical self-winding
32.80 mm (143/4’’’) diameter, 5.45 mm thick
Movement power reserve: approximately 40 hours
2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
205 components
36 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Indications
Dragging hours and minutes

Case
18K white gold
40 mm diameter, 12.37 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Dial
18K gold, two-level dial:
• Left dial (above): champlevé painted enamel representing the Robin
• Right-hand dial (below): hand-guilloché and burgundy color
Applied hour-markers in 18K white gold

Strap
Burgundy Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold buckle; Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Presentation box & accessory
Les Cabinotiers model

Rarity
One-of-a-kind timepiece
« Pièce unique » and « Les Cabinotiers » inscriptions engraved on the back of the timepiece