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Vacheron Constantin

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.

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About

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.

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.
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.

Collections

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.

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 committee.

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.

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.

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.

Overseas

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

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.

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.

Watches

Oldest watch company

In the heritage stakes, Vacheron Constantin can boast the title as the oldest watchmaker in continuous operation. Its history dates back to 1755, when Jean-Marc Vacheron founded his company. In 1819, the founder’s grandson, Jacques Barthélémy Vacheron, partnered with François Constantin - a businessman from Turin, Italy - which effectively formed the current company name. That fruitful union led to expansion beyond Europe, such as to North America in 1832, when the company opened an office in New York. Today Vacheron Constantin is one of the crowning brands in the Richemont Group, and no doubt, thanks to its long, illustrious past, tops the list as one of the most famed Swiss watch brands around.

Standout timepieces: Traditionnelle, Patrimony, Overseas

Playing on its unparalleled history, it’s no surprise that the Vacheron Constantin collection names recall the illustrious past of the brand - with creations offered in every price point. There is the ultra classic Traditionnelle line that ranges from simple to haute horlogerie designs, such as the understated 38mm Ref 82172/000R-9888 model (£20,700 price), that pairs a pink gold case with a chic pink gold dial. Also in the Traditionnelle line are minute repeater, tourbillon, chronograph and perpetual calendar timepieces. Like Traditionnelle, Patrimony also recalls Vacheron Constantin’s history, this time referencing midcentury watch design, and again with beautiful watches for every taste, from the ultra-thin calibre 1731 model in pink gold to the eye catching Retrograde Day-Date (£39,700 price) that pairs a black dial with a pink gold case. And that’s not to say that all Vacheron Constantin watches are classic timepieces that look backwards - one of the most exciting watch launches of recent years was the Vacheron Constantin Overseas, which comes with interchangeable straps made for the modern-day traveller. Indeed the collection isn’t even specified for men or women, with one model simply called “small” (which includes a stunning diamond-set pink gold design, £48,100 price) and unisex by nature. Indeed the small pieces have been a big hit and easily top the list standout watch launches in recent years.

Métiers d’art

In addition to offering classic timepieces, Vacheron Constantin is also known for exceptional watches that combine art and horological excellence. These métiers d’art watches can take years to develop and craft, and are true works of art that are only produced in limited quantities - and once more are on many a collector’s wish list.