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

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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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Featured Vacheron Constantin Watches

  • Vacheron Constantin - Harmony Chronograph

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    Harmony Chronograph

  • Vacheron Constantin - Harmony Dual Time Small Model

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    Harmony Dual Time Small Model

  • Vacheron Constantin - Patrimony Perpetual Calendar

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    Patrimony Perpetual Calendar

  • Vacheron Constantin - Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

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    Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

  • Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/000A-9745 Leather Strap - face view

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    Overseas

    Chronograph

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— Christie’s reveals “The Vacheron Constantin Apollo 14 for Edgar Mitchell timepiece”.
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— Relive the highlights of Vacheron Constantin's Overseas Launch in Australia.
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— The split-seconds or double chronograph is a delicate complication, and something of an art to produce. But it is now facing competition in the domain of dual event timing from new, groundbreaking complications.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac Year of the rooster

— Vacheron Constantin enrichies its Métiers d’Art The legend of the Chinese zodiac collection with the sign of the rooster. The latter will take over from that of the monkey at the Chinese New Year on January 28th 2017.
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
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— The Harmony collection is growing and introduces 10 new pieces, including a Tourbillon chronograph.
OCTOBER 27, 2016
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Harmony Dual Time and Dual Time Small Models

— The sophisticated simplicity marrying tradition with technologies of the calibre 2460 DT rounds out the range of exclusive manufacture complications and provides a dual-time display.
OCTOBER 21, 2016
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¡Que viva México!

— This year, WorldTempus is once again making the trip to the SIAR in Mexico City.
OCTOBER 17, 2016
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Harmony complete calendar

— The Harmony collection welcomes a useful, technical and sophisticated horological complication: the complete calendar.
OCTOBER 17, 2016
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From Monaco to Shanghai via Geneva

— Lots of watches, interviews, a competition and a new partner.
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Harmony chronographs

— The Harmony collection welcomes ten new references, including three chronograph models.
OCTOBER 10, 2016
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What Vacheron Constantin’s pre-SIHH 2017 models reveal about the brand’s future

— I got my hands on the two Vacheron Constantin pre-SIHH models at the brand’s flagship store on Place Longemalle in Geneva. Both of them gave me food for thought.
OCTOBER 06, 2016
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Paris performances

— Paris was the focus of two major new launches last week as Bell & Ross presented several new models and Jean-Claude Biver now starts to make his imprint on Zenith.
OCTOBER 03, 2016
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    Traditionnelle minute repeater tourbillon

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    Patrimony moon phase and retrograde date

    — This new timepiece, with its pure lines, features a dial on which the cycle and age of the moon are reproduced on a display that will require no corrections...
    SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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    — Overseas reinvents itself to celebrate the art of travel with even greater panache.
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  • Dials

    Brown dials turn on the charm

    — Whether guilloché or plain, offset by steel or pink gold, brown dials are really making a style statement this year.
    AUGUST 16, 2016
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    Ladies’ week

    — There is a decidedly feminine edge to the articles on WorldTempus this week, culminating in an explosion of colour inspired by a legendary grand ball.
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