Repair of antique timepiece like Xuan pot to practice, in order to give the chronometer gather parts into a whole miraculous skill in curing a disease, new life. “At the beginning of twentieth Century, Vacheron Constantin began from the hands of private collectors, collection agencies for antique clocks works, and carefully repair for each piece of antique clock, to return to normal operation state.” Vacheron Constantin antique table collection expert Mr. Jerome said. Since August, Vacheron Constantin has selected 25 antique watches and clocks with a sense of history to exhibit at the home of Vacheron Constantin in Shanghai.
14 years ago, from a long history of the brand to draw inspiration from the creation of the consideration, Vacheron Constantin decided to open, inventory, analysis and classification of the collection in a wooden cabinet more than 40 cubic meters of files. This is a very challenging but far-reaching project, the number of historical data gathered from this together into a rare and priceless treasure of the exclusive watch literature.” Jerome in an interview also confirmed the theoretical knowledge of the basic contribution to the antique table repair art, he said, preservation, heritage heritage is an important part of antique clock repair art. The system of literature on Vacheron Constantin’s historical heritage and sustainable innovation has played an important role. There is no denying the fact that you can get to witness, one by one in the watch is equipped with the qualifications “.
In the process of repairing antique exhibits, traceable the oldest is a 1824 Italy production moment asked pocket watch, its exquisite balance plate also engraved with the name “Vacheron”.
Antique table research work not only as a watchmaker Vacheron Constantin, a source of inspiration for designers and engineers, a brand set also gives a strong sense of belonging to the apprentice. At present, a total of 13 Vacheron Constantin watch division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of antique watches and clocks.
“Antique clocks repair rare talent also means that they have to face the huge workload, and it is a” slow “.” Mr Jerome thinks, “so really be called ‘top’ repair talent in Vacheron Constantin’s studio in the hands of a few to come over”.
“Twenty-first Century”: in addition to the maintenance and repair of antique table, you also through the collation of the literature on the clock, analysis to re evoke the traditional values. What do you think is the significance of this historic return to the current development of the brand?
Jerome: since the date of the establishment of the brand in 1755 Vacheron Jean-Marc, we have in the process of making the table, technology and knowledge of the heritage has not been broken off. One of the most basic aspects of the master is the master of the apprenticeship experience to teach, including oral instruction and formal classroom theory teaching. Subsequently, the apprentice needs through the independent observation, perception and exploration to try, and constantly enrich the practice of the technology and the process of. On the other hand, our department has been devoted to the collection of antique clocks lost in history, in order to create the brand of modern clock production continued inspiration.
“Twenty-first Century”: in the process of repairing the old clock, due to the restrictions of time and space, will inevitably encounter some technical problems. How do you overcome it?
Jerome: time is never a problem because we are willing to spend plenty of time in the long process of repairing clocks in space; also cannot tell us which problems, the studio provides sufficient space for the watch repair work. The key problem lies in the repair of top talent scarcity, although we have 13 watchmakers full-time in antique clock repair and restoration studio, but in terms of being a master top antique table repair art master, only 5, this is a very small number. At the same time, a major challenge facing how to reproduce the original appearance of the antique table is in the process of repairing it, we need to find the material to use, reproduction processing time, and even the use of machines and tools of the original. The old fixed carving knife, in the workshop to use various types of files and machines are retained in the development process of wealth, the maintenance of proper equipment repair work can help us finish after nearly a hundred years of baptism meter works