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Vacheron Constantin watches is the world's oldest watch manufacturer and has been in continuous operation since 1755. As founder of the spirit of technical and precious Haute Horlogerie, Vacheron Constantin has been making horological history for over 250 years. From the beginning, Vacheron Constantin founded in Geneva, Switzerland has concentrated on building and consolidating its tradition for technical and aesthetic excellence. This is best illustrated by its timepieces, whose hand-finishing is of an exceptional quality.Read more
1755, Founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron. 1819, François Constantin joins the company. 1839, Hired as a production engineer, Georges-Auguste Leschot revolutionized watchmaking techniques by inventing the pantograph.
1880, Appearance of the "Maltese Cross" in the Vacheron Constantin logotype, based on a movement part fixed to the barrel and which made it possible to limit the degree of winding required for the latter.
1906, Inauguration of the very first Vacheron Constantin watch boutique, which is still located today, on Quai de l'Ile in Geneva. 1935, Creation of one of the most complex pocket-watches ever made by Vacheron Constantin. Ordered by King Farouk of Egypt, this Vacheron Constantin masterpiece took five years to create.
1955, 200th anniversary and launch of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony watches, the world's thinnest mechanical watch. 1979, Carved directly from a one-kilo solid gold ingot, the Kallista watch is set with 118 diamonds totaling 130 carats - five years of patient work. At the time, this was the most expensive watch ever sold.
1996, Vacheron Constantin joins the Richemont Group.
2004, Opening of the new head office and the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva and renovation of the brand's historic head office: "La Maison Vacheron Constantin", including an exclusive Boutique, a heritage center and the "Métiers d'Art" workshops.
2005, celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the brand which included the creation of the Tour de l'Ile, the world's most complicated watch with double-faced display featuring an unprecedented combination of 16 horological complications and astronomical indications, and the Saint Gervais, a watch combining for the very first time a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon and over ten days' power reserve.
2006, Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the most noble, rare and precious of metals with the Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine and the boutique celebrated 100 years in Quai de l'Ile.
2007 has already seen Vacheron Constantin be awarded "watch of the year" honours from several Horological magazines and opened its 16th worldwide boutique.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle is a collection that took the horological knowledge that Vacheron Constantin accumulated from the 18th century and incorporated some of the most refined characteristics that are still relevant today. You can expect high complications in the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle series such as tourbillon, perpetual calendar, minute repeater, chronograph, and moon phase watches.
A new an exciting addition to this collection is the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calandar which is a manual winding watch which can function on either a 5Hz oscillationrate or a 1.2 Hz allowing for up to an outstandingly impressive 65-day power reserve!
Aside from some of the most complicated watches you can also see simplistic watches in this collection as well such as the Traditionnelle day date, two hand watches, several self-winding watches, some manual winding watches and even a few quartz powered models in 30mm and 33mm ladies' sizes. While many of their watches in other collections can be found in stainless steel, the Traditionnelle collection is more exclusive and can only be found in 18K 3N yellow gold, 18K 5N pink gold, 18K white gold or 950 platinum.
The Patrimony collection has some noteworthy watches such as the Patrimony Minute Repeater Ultra Thin, Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin and the crown jewel of this collection which is the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin Collection Excellence Platine. The Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin is so slim that in fact the movement only measure 4.05mm thick.
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