Ten artisans have reinterpreted four traditional art forms – Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework – to create the new watches.
Each watch features a hand-engraved movement, the calibre ultra-thin 1003 in 18-karat gold, while on the back is a chamfered and hand-drawn finish that creates a refined look.
For the watch that uses Indian manuscript art, its makers employed Grand Feu champlevé enamelling and hand engraving techniques. It boasts a total of 85 round-cut diamonds and approximately 1.1 carats worth of diamonds. Other notable features include a deep purple strap echoing the colours used in the distinctive dial as well as the white gold case.
The model using French Lacework features a translucent hand-guilloché Grand Feu enamelled dial, an openworked 18-larat gold plate, a setting of 5 garnet-coloured sapphires and 48 round cut diamonds. The base of the gold dial possesses a guilloché motif while the scarlet colour of the sapphires is replicated in the alligator strap.
The Ottoman inspired watch is characterised by hand chamfering and a natural white mother-of-pearl base beneath a gold grid work studded with half-pearl beads. It also boasts a millegrain ring and 85 round-cut diamonds that comprise about 1.1 carats.
Finally, the Chinese embroidery watch uses a stone- cloisonné technique with jade. Its dial is sculpted from mother-of-pearl and features a pink opal shaped in accordance with the glyptic art and surrounded by hand engraved gold leaves and pistils. It has a pale pink strap and features a total of 145 round-cut diamonds adding up to around 1.2 carats with the jade and opal adding up to approximately 2.4 carats.
All of the watches are only available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques.