By  on May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Vacheron Constantin is hitting the ballet. The Swiss watchmaker will unveil three one-of-a-kind watches at this evening’s New York City Spring Gala, held at Lincoln Center. The company will also serve as leading corporate sponsor of the gala, part of a three-year partnership initiated in 2013.

The three pieces, which each cost $140,800, are part of the brand’s Hommage à l’Art de la Danse series within the Metiers d’Art collection. Each watch face depicts its own Edgar Degas painting; this collection includes “Dancers Practicing at the Barre” (1877); “Dancers Near a Set” (1888), and “Two Dancers Entering the Stage” (1877). Each depiction is crafted by an individual master enamelist, and may take up to two-and-a-half months to complete. “It’s an art of technicality,” said creative director Christian Selmoni. “The enameler creates layers and layers with different effects. To be an experienced enameler, you have to have at least 10 years of experience. It’s demanding from an artistic point of view, as well as technically.”

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