Friday, February 12, 2010

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art – La Symbolique des Laques

Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques Maki-e watch theme: Longevity
The pine, bamboo and plum are the “three friends of winter”. The theme of the first set Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques Maki-e watch is their symbolic meaning. These three kinds of trees were introduced to Japan from China at an early age and received greatly in Japan like in China. As these three kinds of plants can all withstand cold weather, “three friends of winter” stands for longevity, which symbolizes a fair-weather friendship.

Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques Maki-e Watch: Pine and Crane
Pine is very popular in Japan because of its curved shape and texture. But in art and literature, pine is indeed the traditional plant from China. Pine is evergreen tree, which symbolizes longevity and immortality.
As pine, the crane is symbol of longevity and elegance. It is the most mysterious bird as the Phoenix in east legend. It is said that cranes can live thousands of years. But when it is 600 years old it will only drink cold water for a living. In Taoist mythology, the crane is angel. In addition to its mythical image, Japanese are attracted by its elegant and beautiful feather. In winter, all Japanese are looking forward to the advent of cranes. They even regard crane as a harbinger of wealth.

Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques Maki-e Watch: Bamboo and Sparrow
In Taoism, as well as the Buddhist legend, the tubular structure of bamboo symbolizes “empty”, which stands for tolerance and enlightened ideas. Bamboo has flexible and firm features. It is the symbol of upright and outspoken personality.
Although the life of bamboo is shorter than pine, it also represents longevity. Single shoots can not survive for a long time, but the whole bamboo grove is formed by shoots.
Bamboo grove has great attraction to sparrows. In Japan, sparrow is the symbol of loyalty and responsibility. Bamboo and Sparrow often appear in the drawing of Buddhism, bamboo stands for spiritual awareness and relief of secular, sparrow represents spontaneity and joy of life.
Métiers d’Art La symbolique des laques Maki-e Watch: Plum and Nightingale
Plum is famous for its fine and blossoms in winter. The faint scent distributes in cold winter, reminding the arrival of spring. Although the plum trees and flowers are not spectacular, its refined and elegant characteristics bring a little embellishment of lonely winter. It’s the symbol of inner beauty and humility.
The collocation of Plum Blossom and Nightingale derived from Japanese culture. They are both messengers of spring: the first singing of Nightingale is called hatsune. Plum and Nightingale usually appeared in the art and poetry.

Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1003 Movement
Movement: 1003 SQ, hollow 14K gold, plated ruthenium treatment; self-developed by Vacheron Constantin; cast the “Geneva Seal”
Power: Manual winding mechanical movement
Movement thickness: 1.64 millimeters
Movement diameter: 20.80 millimeters
Gem: 18
Vibration frequency: 18,000 times per hour
Display Function: hours, minutes,
Power reserve: approximately 30 hours

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