Vacheron Constantin

An exploration of the history of Vacheron Constantin is a voyage of discovery, revealing the excellence of age-old watchmaking.

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  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

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  • About Vacheron Constantin

    Founded in Geneva in 1755, the Vacheron Constantin watchmaking manufacture is the oldest in the world, having been in business uninterrupted for over 250 years.

    The firm has always adhered to three fundamental principles: excellent technique, inspired, harmonious aesthetics and the ultimate in finishes.This spirit of Fine Watchmaking first emerged in Geneva's Saint Gervais quarter, where Jean-Marc Vacheron, then 24, opened his watchmaking workshop.

    Driven by the same passion, his grandson Jacques-Barthélémy contributed to the rise of the family firm from 1810 onwards by developing exports to Europe.

    The early nineteenth century sealed the destiny of Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron and François Constantin, a seasoned traveller. The manufacture was named after both of them.

    On 5 July 1819, Constantin sent a letter to Vacheron which included what was to become the Firm's motto: “Do better if possible and that is always possible.”

    In 1906, the Firm opened its first shop on Quai de l'Ile in Geneva – it is still there to this day. It has been owned by the Richemont Group since 1996; in 2005, it built a manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates – a fitting way to celebrate its 250th anniversary. 

  • Vacheron Constantin's philosophy

    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.

  • Vacheron Constantin's 5 key dates

    1755: founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron
    1819: Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron and François Constantin found the manufacture named after them
    1839: Vacheron Constantin creates the pantograph, enabling the main watch components to be reproduced. This invention was to revolutionise watchmaking
    1955: creation of slimmest manual wind caliber in the world for the Firm's bicentenary
    2005: Vacheron Constantin celebrates its 250th anniversary with a set of exceptional timepieces, including two world firsts

  • Vacheron Constantin's collections

    Patrimony: The classic Patrimony collection is a contemporary expression of the Firm's stylistic elegance – and beats to the rhythm of everything from the simplest to the most sophisticated mechanisms.

    Malte: The name is reminiscent of the Firm's emblem; its distinguishing features are its contemporary design and technical prowess. In honour of the one hundredth anniversary of the tonneau form at Vacheron Constantin, a new Malte collection was launched in 2012.

    Quai de l'Ile: Quai de l'Ile has been the historic headquarters of Vacheron Constantin since the nineteenth century. Faithful to its philosophy of service, with Quai de l'Ile Vacheron Constantin has launched a fully customisable line offering several types of movements, all Geneva Seal certified, alongside a wide choice of materials and dials.

    Overseas: The Overseas line is contemporary, sporty and technical, reflecting the modern world through its name, which is evocative of travel and exploration.

    1972: The 1972 line draws its inspiration from the asymmetrical model that received the coveted “Diplôme du Prestige de la France” in 1972. These timepieces offer a clever blend of elegance and audacity.

    Historiques: The Historiques bear witness to two hundred and fifty years' worth of history, drawing their inspiration from the icons of the Firm's heritage and reinterpreting them in keeping with watchmaking tradition.

    Métiers D'Art: The Métiers d'Art family brings together the knowhow cultivated by Vacheron Constantin in the field of decorative arts and applied to watchmaking design. The craftsmen's talents are embodied in the enamelling, jewel setting, guilloche, skeleton framing and hand engraving of the movement components and the case.

    Atelier Cabinotiers – special orders: For the Cabinotiers, there is no catalogue or collection: the vocation of the “Atelier Cabinotiers Special Order” department is to create unique, fully-customised bespoke timepieces. All requests, from the simplest to the most complicated, are studied by an ethics commi

  • Contact Vacheron Constantin

    Vacheron Constantin
    10, chemin du Tourbillon
    CH - 1228 PLAN-LES-OUATES / Geneva
    Tel +41 22 930 20 05

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The watch list

Featured Vacheron Constantin Watches

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    Patrimony

    Contemporaine Lady gold bracelet

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    Excellence Platine

    Patrimony Traditionnelle tourbillon 14 jours

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    Métiers d'Art

    Florilège White Lily - Haute Joaillerie

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    Malte Lady

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    Métiers d'Art

    Hommage à l'Art de la Danse - The Rehearsal

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Vacheron Constantin and its manufacture-made chronographs

— With three exclusive in-house-made calibres, Vacheron Constantin is finally adding a chronograph to its range of Manufacture-made movements.
MAY 26, 2015
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Two Overseas Ultramarine Blue limited editions

— Two new Overseas watches, a simple date and a Dual Time, are clad in a deep shade of blue for summer.
MAY 21, 2015
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Métiers d’Art Florilège, Renealmia watch

— Two years after its first presentation, the Manufacture unveils three new models from its Métiers d’Art Florilège collection.
MAY 11, 2015
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Movements in fine form

— Form movements are an aesthete’s pleasure, hugging the curves and lines of the cases containing them to the nearest millimetre. Horological feats composed of subtle angles and intermediate wheels, since the wheel – the heart of the watch – remains invariably round!
MAY 08, 2015
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Aurel Bacs, a collector’s heart

— From Christie’s to Phillips via Bacs & Russo, the president of the GPHG jury also presides over Only Watch. The May auction season promises to be intense.
MAY 07, 2015
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Preview of the first Phillips Geneva Sale

— The first Geneva sale of watches hosted by the new Phillips watch department in exclusive collaboration with Bacs & Russo on 10 May aims to impress with star pieces and an entire sale dedicated to the Rolex Day-Date.
MAY 06, 2015
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Vidéo. Patrimony The Essence Of Pureness

— Patrimony epitomises stylistic purity, inspired by Vacheron Constantin models from the 1950s.
MAY 05, 2015
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Win an Ernest Borel Retro timepiece in our latest monthly competition

— A new competition, a preview of the Geneva auctions and some in-depth product reviews.
MAY 04, 2015
Patek Philippe Ref. 2499/100 Antiquorum
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“Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces”

— The auction will be held on May 10th in Geneva. Highlights of the sale include a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499/100 retailed by Tiffany & Co.
MAY 03, 2015
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Exhibition

— “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition unveiled at Capital museum of China.
APRIL 28, 2015
Julien Marchenoir, Directeur du Patrimoine de Vacheron Constantin
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The private collection

— WorldTempus met with Julien Marchenoir, Brand Equity and Heritage Director at Vacheron Constantin, to talk about the Geneva-based Manufacture’s private collection.
APRIL 24, 2015
Pavillon Suisse de l’Exposition Universelle de Milan 2015
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Expo Milan 2015

— Vacheron Constantin partner to the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015.
APRIL 22, 2015
Ulrich Weskott, Boutique Director; Inma Shara, Orchestra Director; Yann Bouillonnec, Vacheron Constantin International Director; Valeria Rochon, Vacheron Constantin Latin America & Caribbean Brand Director
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First Latin American boutique in São Paulo

— Vacheron Constantin celebrated the grand opening of its first Latin American boutique in São Paulo, Brazil, with an event dedicated to Art & Culture.
APRIL 21, 2015
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    Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph

    — The Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, powered by the new Caliber 3200, joins the Harmony collection dedicated to medium and grande complications.
    FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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    Kung Hei Fat Choy!

    — Swiss watchmakers once again use the Chinese New Year to show off their innovations in mechanical movements and their mastery of artistic crafts.
    FEBRUARY 19, 2015
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    Light shining into every corner

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    FEBRUARY 19, 2015
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    The Chronograph through time

    — Vacheron Constantin is welcoming a new exhibition dedicated to the history of short-time measurement, in Geneva.
    FEBRUARY 05, 2015
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    SIHH 2015

    How the Geneva garden grows

    — Petals, leaves, pistils and stamens all flourished on the artistic crafts watches unveiled at the SIHH 2015. Let’s enjoy a brief stroll amid these floral delights
    FEBRUARY 04, 2015
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    Mechanical art and the mechanics of art

    — A collection that includes two new hand-decorated movements, Vacheron Constantin trains the spotlight on rare skills cultivated for 260 years.
    FEBRUARY 03, 2015