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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  • 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

  • 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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Métiers d'Art Fabuleux Ornements

— At the SIHH 2016, four watches Métiers d'Art will be presented by Vacheron Constantin.
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
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Montres Passion magazine rewards Breguet

— Breguet won two prizes at the awards in Geneva last Thursday.
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
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Video. Calibre 1142

— Zoom on the Vacheron Constantin caliber 1142.
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
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The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey

— The sign of the monkey will take over from the goat on February 8th 2016. To mark this occasion, the Manufacture presents two new watch creations in the Métiers d'Art collection.
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
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Lugs: a sharp, edgy topic

— They connect the case to the strap and that is no ordinary role. Lugs are an authentic design feature that plays a key role in the ergonomics of a watch.
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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Video. Calibre 2460 DT

— Take a closer look at the calibre 2460 DT.
NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Watches&Wonders 2015
Watches&Wonders 2015

Strong watchmaking interest prevails even when the giant is drowsy

— Despite sagging Swiss exports to Hong Kong and China, interest in high-end watchmaking has not waned.
NOVEMBER 14, 2015
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10 figures about the world’s most complicated watch that will blow your mind

— Thanks to a personal briefing from Vacheron Constantin’s artistic director Christian Selmoni, we can bring you some interesting figures on the world’s most complicated watch, from the miniscule to the astronomical.
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
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Interview with Christian Selmoni

— WorldTempus interviewed Christian Selmoni, artistic director at Vacheron Constantin, a week before he took to the stage to accept the jury’s special prize at the GPHG 2015 for the world’s most complicated watch.
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
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— GMT magazine presents it its Autumn 2015 issue a photo shooting of eight timepieces staged at the DS Store, in Geneva.
NOVEMBER 07, 2015
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GPHG 2015

A celebration of the exclusive

— Avoiding any knee-jerk reactions, we gave ourselves a week to digest the results of this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and take stock of their significance for the watch industry.
NOVEMBER 03, 2015
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Special Exhibition ‘Inside A Second’

— SalonQP announces a special exhibition, ‘Inside A Second’, in partnership with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie - an exploration of the history of the chronograph.
NOVEMBER 02, 2015
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Video. Calibre 3300

— Discover the Calibre 3300 which powers the Harmony Chronograph.
OCTOBER 31, 2015
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    GPHG 2015

    — The master watchmakers who developed the Reference 57260 watch won the GPHG 2015 Special Jury Prize
    OCTOBER 30, 2015
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    Video. Ultra-thin Caliber 3500

    — The new Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph sets a new world record with its Caliber 3500 measuring just 5.20 mm thick and its 8.40 mm case.
    OCTOBER 27, 2015
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    Heure Audacieuse

    — Last model of Vacheron Constantin’s Heures Créatives collection, L'Heure Audacieuse, dedicated to the woman of the 70’s.
    OCTOBER 25, 2015
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    My Country Lore

    — Two key events for watch collectors during the month of September, what they mean for the season ahead – and beyond.
    OCTOBER 22, 2015
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    Video. 260th anniversary Gala in Hong-Kong

    — Vacheron Constantin hosted its 260th anniversary celebration on the 100th floor of the tallest landmark in Hong Kong.
    OCTOBER 22, 2015
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    Heure Romantique

    — The Heure Romantique is the second timepiece derived from Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection Heures Créatives.
    OCTOBER 17, 2015
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    Cylinder seal “Imprint of Time”

    — As a solemn trace of this milestone anniversary, Vacheron Constantin has, in collaboration with a a master of heraldic engraving, developed a cylinder seal.
    OCTOBER 14, 2015
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    Heures Créatives Heure Discrète

    — Vacheron Constantin is extending its ladies’ watch range with a new jewellery collection featuring a unique design and an exciting creative approach. Today we...
    OCTOBER 10, 2015
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    Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator

    — Presented as part of Vacheron Constantin’s Maître Cabinotier collection composed of exclusive timepieces, the Perpetual Calendar Regulator watch features a...
    OCTOBER 06, 2015
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    Win a horological smartwatch

    — It’s only just available in the shops but you already have the chance to win a Frédérique Constant Horological Smartwatch in our October competition. Plus a...
    OCTOBER 05, 2015
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    Métiers d’Art L’Éloge de la Nature: Swan

    — Extending the naturalist bestiary introduced in 2014, two new one-of-a-kind creations frame an exquisite portrayal imbued with romantic lyricism.
    OCTOBER 03, 2015
  • Watches & Wonders 2015
    Watches & Wonders 2015

    Innovations galore

    — For its third edition, the watchmaking exhibition held in Hong Kong is strengthening its presence with an unprecedented number of striking innovations.
    OCTOBER 01, 2015