Vacheron Constantin is a Swiss manufacture of prestige watches and a brand of the Richemont group.
It employs around 400 people worldwide, most of whom are based in the manufacturing plants in Genevaand Vallée de Joux. The brand is sold in almost 80 countries around the world, distributed through 15 boutiques that sell no other brand, and over 500 points of sale.
Vacheron Constantin was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron. This makes it the oldest watch manufacturer in the world with an uninterrupted history. Besides being a youngbusinessman, Vacheron was also a talented craftsman. In 1770 his company created the first complication, and nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials.
The son of Jean-Marc Vacheron, Abraham, took over the family business in 1785. During this period the company was able to survive the French Revolution (1789–1799). Later, in 1810, Jaques-Barthélemy Vacheron, the grandson of the founder, becomes the head of the company. He was the first to initiate the company’s exports to France and Italy.
Later, Jaques-Barthélemy realized that he was not able to handle his business alone. In order to travel overseas and sell the company’s products, he needed a partner. Consequently, in 1819 François Constantin became the associate of Vacheron. The company continued its activity under the name “Vacheron & Constantin”.
François Constantin traveled around the world and marketed watches. Thus he helped the company to open new markets. The main market was North America. The company’s motto (which remains today), “Do better if possible and that is always possible”, first appeared in Constantin’s letter to Jaques-Barthélémy. The letter was dated July 5, 1819.
In 1839 Vacheron & Constantin hired Georges-Auguste Leschot. His job was to supervise the manufacturing operations. Leschot was an inventor and his creations turned out to be successful for the company. He was the first person to standardize movements into Calibers.
In 1844 Georges-Auguste Leschot was awarded with a gold medal. The Arts Society of Geneva highly appreciated his pantographic device, a device that was able to mechanically engrave small watch parts and dials.
Later, after Constantin’s death in 1854, and Vacheron’s death in 1863, the company was taken over by a series of heirs.
In 1862 Vacheron Constantin became a member of the Association for Research into non-magnetic materials. Later in 1885, the company created the first nonmagnetic timepiece which included a complete lever assortment made of materials able to withstand magnetic fields. Its construction included a balance wheel, balance spring and lever shaft that were made of palladium, the lever arms – in bronze and the escape wheel was in gold.
In 1877 “Vacheron & Constantin, Fabricants, Geneve” became the official name of the company. In 1880, Vacheron & Constantin started using its symbol, which is kept till nowadays, the Maltese cross. The latter was inspired by a component of the barrel. The part had a cross-shape and it was used for limiting the tension within the mainspring.
The first boutique in Geneva was opened by Vacheron Constantin in 1906. This store can be seen today on Quai de l’Ile.
To outline the beginning of the 3rd century of its watchmaking the company created Patrimony – the world’s thinnest mechanical watch at that time which had only 5.25mm thickness
In 1970 the “&” was dropped from Vacheron & Constantin.
In 1979 Vacheron Constantin made Kallista, one of the most expensive wristwatches. Its initial price was $5 million, but today the watch is valued at about $11 million. Kallista had 118 emerald-cut diamonds. It took about 6,000 hours for the watch masters to make this watch and about 20 months for jewelers to enrich the watch.
When Jacques Ketterer died in 1987, Vacheron Constantin changed hands. In 1996 the entire share capital of the company was bought by Richemont Group.
In 2003 Vacheron Constantin introduced a new sports line called Overseas, and a collection called Egérie, the first to include watches for women.
In 2004 Vacheron Constantin opened its new headquarters and manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.
The Richemont Group named Juan Carlos Torres as the Chief Executive Officer of the company in October 2005.
Vacheron Constantin Collection
Vacheron Constantin Movements
|Movements Only:||Caliber 1056||CCW||650-950|
|Historiques Chronometre Royal – 47022||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Historiques Chronometre Royal 1907 – 86122||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Historiques Power Reserve – 47200||Caliber 1190||CCW||650-950|
|Historiques Toledo 1952 – 47300, 47550||Caliber 1125||Both||650-950|
|Historiques Toledo 1952 Haute Joaillerie – 47650||Caliber 1125||Both||650-950|
|Historiques Ultra-Fine 1968 – 43043||Caliber 1120||Both||650-950|
|Jubilé 1755||Caliber 2475||Both||650-950|
|Les Complications 31-day Retrograding Calendar – 47245||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Les Complications Mercator – 43050||Caliber 1120M||Both||650-950|
|Les Complications / Patrimony Power Reserve – 47200||Caliber 1127||Both||650-950|
|Les Complications Retro 245 – 47245||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Les Complications Saltarello – 43041||Caliber 1120 MR||Both||650-950|
|Les Essentielles Automatic – 42100||Caliber 1312||CW||650-950|
|Les Essentielles L’Anglaise – 47002||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Les Essentielles Skeleton Watch for Men – 43502||Caliber 1120 SQ||Both||650-950|
|Les Essentielles Toledo 1952 – 42100||Caliber 1312||CW||650-900|
|Les Masques Edition 2009 – China||Caliber 2460 G4||Both||650-950|
|Les Masques Edition 2009 – Gabon||Caliber 2460 G4||Both||650-950|
|Les Masques Edition 2009 – Indonesia-Lombok||Caliber 2460 G4||Both||650-950|
|Les Masques Edition 2009 – Mexico||Caliber 2460 G4||Both||650-950|
|Malte Chronograph – 49180||Caliber 1137||CW||800|
|Malte Dual Time – 47400||Caliber 1222||Both||650-950|
|Malte Dual Time Diamond Set – 47700||Caliber 1222||Both||650-950|
|Malte Dual Time Regulator – 42005||Caliber 1206 RDT||CCW||800|
|Malte Large Calendar Watch – 42015||Caliber 1204||CW||650|
|Malte Openface Retrograde Perpetual Calendar – 47032||Caliber 1226 QPRD||Both||650-950|
|Malte Openworked Model - 43080, 43580||Caliber 1120 SQ||Both||650-950|
|Malte Retrograde Perpetual Calendar – 47031||Caliber 1126 QPR||Both||650-950|
|Malte Skeleton Large Model – 43080||Caliber 1120 SQ||Both||650-950|
|Malte Tonneau Chronograph – 49145||Caliber 1137||CW||800|
|Malte Tonneau Day Date – 42008, 42508||Caliber 1206||CCW||800|
|Malte Tonneau Dual Time – 47400||Caliber 1222||Both||650-950|
|Overseas Chronometer – 42042 / 423A||Caliber 1311||CCW||800|
|Overseas Chronograph – 49140, 49150||Caliber 1137||CW||800|
|Overseas Date Self-Winding 42mm – 47040||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Overseas Dual Time – 47450||Caliber 1222 SC||Both||650-950|
|Overseas Dual Time Diamond-Set – 47551||Caliber 1222 SC||Both||650-950|
|Overseas for Women – 12050||Caliber 1056||CCW||650-950|
|Overseas Large Model - 47040||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Overseas USA Special Edition Chronograph||Caliber 1137||CW||800|
|Patrimony 31-day Retrograding Calendar – 47245||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Chronometre Royal – 47022||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Contemporaine Date Self-Winding: 85180||Caliber 2450 SC||TBD||TBD|
|Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day & Date: 86020||Caliber 2460 R31 R7||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Date-Calendar Power Reserve Model – 47200||Caliber 1127||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Perpetual Calendar – 43032||Caliber 1120 QP||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Power Reserve – 47200||Caliber 1127||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Self-Winding Men’s Model – 42002||Caliber 1312||CW||650-950|
|Patrimony Toledo 1952: 47300||Caliber 1125||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Traditionelle Date Self-Winding: 87172||Caliber 2455||TBD||TBD|
|Patrimony Traditionelle Openworked Perpetual Calendar: 43172||Caliber 1120 QP SQ||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Traditionelle Openworked Self-Winding: 43178||Caliber 1120 SQ||Both||650-950|
|Patrimony Tribute to Great Explorers – 47070||Caliber 1126||Both||650-950|
|Phidias for Men – 48010 / 48020||Caliber 1130||CCW||650-950|
|Phidias for Women – 16010 / 16020||Caliber 1056||CCW||650-950|
|Quai de L’ile Date Self-Winding: 86050||Caliber 2460 QH||Both||650-950|
|Quai de L’ile Day-Date and Power Reserve Self-Winding: 85050||Caliber 2475 SC||Both||650-950|
|Royal Eagle Day-Date – 42008||Caliber 1206||CCW||800|
|Royal Eagle Chronograph – 49145||Caliber 1137||CW||800|
|To and Fro Calendar Watch – 47247||Caliber 1126 R31||Both||650-950|
|Tribute to Great Explorers / Christopher Columbus – 47070||Caliber 1126 AT||Both||650-950|
|Tribute to Great Explorers / Marco Polo – 47070||Caliber 1126 AT||Both||650-950|