For the prestigious Geneva International Fine Watchmaking Exhibition, Vacheron Constantin asked us to produce large-scale designs symbolising the mechanism of its watches. Designed by the GH workshop in Paris, these creations proved a major development challenge, as we were given only 4 weeks’ time.
Our prime objective was to come up with an utterly refined product. For this reason, we opted for polished aluminium faces with direct printing highlighting the shine of the material, as well as specific machining to guarantee the strength of the shear, parallelism and precision in assembly.
A true representation of the mechanism
As to the mechanism incorporated into the structure, we had to find the right rotation speed so that each disc, having an associated motor and a different speed, could be appropriately integrated. We then studied multiple scenarios to determine the appropriate programming and achieve the most accurate representation of the mechanism imagined upstream.
Working on a very tight deadline, we delivered four large watches to one of the world’s most recognised watch-making events. Because of the innovative aspect and specificity of the structures, our technicians faced many challenges. This has enabled them to develop the skills, both in cutting techniques and in the mechanics required to integrate a motorised system.