One of the three oldest fine watchmaking establishments in the world, Vacheron Constantin was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron. However, it was only in 1819, when François Constantin joined the company, that it officially became “Vacheron Constantin” and in 1880 when the Maltese Cross logo came into use. Today, the brand is a part of the Richemont Group.
One of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, owning a Vacheron watch, especially one with the Hallmark of Geneva, is to be among the elites of the world; a list that includes great names like Napoleon Bonaparte, Harry Truman, Pope Pius XI, and the Duke of Windsor.
From the setup of his first workshop, Jean-Marc Vacheron began laying the foundations for what would become one of the most well-known watch brands in the world. In 1770, he created the first complication, and in 1779, the first engine-turned dial; the brand has only seen greater heights since.
In 2015, the company celebrated its 260th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, they unveiled a pocket watch that their three watchmakers had spent eight years working on – the most complicated watch in the world: Ref 57260. Commissioned by a collector, this watch contained both existing and brand new complications invented purely for this timepiece. While not a commercial piece, its creation has brought the world of haute horlogerie to a new frontier!
The motto of the company began as advice from François Constantin to Jacques-Barthélemy Vacheron, grandson of the founder – “Do better if possible and that is always possible”. The constant steps towards innovation and consistent excellence is testament to how closely this motto is still observed two centuries later.
Whether they want something eye-catching or quietly elegant, men and women look to Vacheron Constantin when they’re looking for a watch that guarantees precision, the best of technology, and unbeatable quality – whether you’re considering the watch or just the movement, each piece is a work of art. These masterpieces are waiting to be found across the Patrimony , Traditionelle, Harmony, Malte, Quai De L’ile, Overseas, 1972, Historiques , Heures Creatives, and Metiers D’Art collections.
Vacheron Constantin gives you stupendous creations as they are being created; the estate watch market gives you access to almost these same pieces as well as the chance to own timepieces that are no longer in production – a chance to own a piece of history as it were, and at a fairly affordable rate. It’s no wonder that watch lovers scour this market for pre-owned Vacheron Constantin watches …there’s so much to discover!