Vacheron Constantin


Flying. A dream that dates back to the earliest days of humankind. After countless mythological, epic and sometimes incredible attempts, the dream at last came true in the late 18th century. The first “aerostatic experiments” successfully defied gravity. How many secrets of the much dreamed of and imagined kingdom of the skies would they reveal? Courage, genius as well as a touch of madness fired the early and intrepid balloonists known in French as aérostiers. Joyful crowds cheered these amazing hot-air balloons lifting off into the air. The Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection by Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to this exhilarating chapter in history. On the scale of a watch dial, the master engravers of the Maison also accomplish an authentic feat: faithfully reproducing in miniature the historical depictions of five flights undertaken in France between 1783 and 1785. Splendid hand- engraved and micro-sculpted gold hot-air balloons hover against a transl
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