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Vacheron Constantin Christian Selmoni: Style and Heritage Director
A recognised figure in watchmaking, Christian Selmoni has contributed to the last 20 years of the industry.
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Who’s who-Christian Selmoni Vacheron Constantin, Style and Heritage Director
Born to a family of watchmakers in the Vallée de Joux, historical cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Christian Selmoni, 61, celebrates three decades at Vacheron Constantin this year. For most of this period, he has been tasked with balancing past and future at Vacheron Constantin, by injecting creativity into new designs while preserving the classic refinement of the house style.
Selmoni first joined Vacheron Constantin in 1990 in sales. He soon moved up in the company, first into purchasing then production, playing a central role in overseeing both manufacturing and sourcing.
When Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755, was preparing to celebrate its 250th anniversary, Selmoni was charged with centralising every aspect of product creation for the maison’s anniversary products.
Christian Selmoni © Vacheron Constantin
A keen art lover, Selmoni affirmed his own interest in the creative side of watchmaking, as he explains: “Thankfully, a large part of watchmaking at Vacheron Constantin is artistically oriented.” Centuries-old craftsmanship allows Vacheron Constantin to make speciality timepieces with a creative liberty overseen by Selmoni’s watchful eye. This resulted in memorable collections such as Les Masques presented in 2007 and featuring tiny masks inspired by the Barbier-Mueller collection inside the watch dials. The partnership in 2010 with Japanese lacquer specialist Zohico introduced traditional Japanese lacquer techniques to watch dials.
What Selmoni enjoyed best as Artistic Director was acting as inhouse “trend” forecaster, overseeing the development of the Métiers d’Art workshops, as well as supervising the work of the maison’s Les Cabinotiers ateliers that produce made-to-order timepieces.
As Style and Heritage director since 2017, Selmoni now sees himself as something of a “guardian of the temple.” His role is to shine a spotlight on the heritage of the house, while occasionally dabbling in design. His is the noble task of enriching Vacheron Constantin’s heritage, while ensuring that the new pays due respect to the old.
An exploration of the history of Vacheron Constantin is a voyage of discovery, revealing the excellence of age-old watchmaking. Each timepiece is the result of the creative inspiration of the watchmaker or craftsman, dedicating their knowhow to the birth of outstanding watches. The Manufacture also works within a social and environmental code of ethics, and has had Responsible Jewellery Council certification since 2012.Find out more >
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