By  on June 1, 2009

Watch collectors, take note. Vacheron Constantin is finally unveiling the third — and last — set of its Métiers d’Art Les Masques collection with a kickoff black-tie bash Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first set of the series, inspired by primitive art pieces from the renowned Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, made its debut in 2007; a second collection bowed in 2008.

Each watch in the limited edition sets of four features a miniature reproduction of an antique mask — indentations, scratches and all — originating from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. The latest lineup, priced at $412,000 retail, represents work from Indonesia, China, Mexico and Gabon. “This is the achievement of a very nice story that began three years ago,” said Hugues de Pins, president of Vacheron Constantin North America. “Tuesday will be the first time all three sets will be seen together.

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