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VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Historiques American 1921 Hand-Wound 40mm 18-Karat White Gold and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 82035/000G-B735
$36,800
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Patrimony Hand-Wound 40mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 81180/000R-B518
$20,100
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Fiftysix Complete Calendar Automatic 40mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 4000E/000R-B065
$40,500
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Automatic 41mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 43175/000R-9687
$84,000
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Malte Hand-Wound 42mm 18-Karat White Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 82230/000G-9185
$24,200
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Fiftysix Automatic Complete Calendar 40mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 4000E/000A-B548
$24,000
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Fiftysix Automatic Complete Calendar 40mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 4000E/000R-B438
$40,500
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Fiftysix Day-Date Limited Edition Automatic 40mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 4400E/000R-B436
$36,700
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date Automatic 42.5mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 4000U/000R-B516
$44,800
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Patrimony Moon-Phase and Retrograde Date Automatic 42.5mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 4010U/000R-B329
$44,800
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Traditionnelle Tourbillon Automatic 41mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 6000T/000R-B346
$131,000
VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Historiques American 1921 Hand-Wound 40mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 82035/000R-9359
$36,800
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The History

It was in the heart of Geneva that Mr Jean-Marc Vacheron opened his atelier in 1755. His son and grandson soon joined, then hotshot salesman Mr François Constantin came aboard in 1819, his inspiring motto, “Do better if possible, and that is always possible,” first appearing that year. Now wholly owned by the Richemont group, Vacheron Constantin is a grande maison in the truest sense – a master of every high-horological complication and a virtuoso in the métier d’arts decorative crafts.

INNOVATIONS

Rise Of The Machines

Come the mid-19th-century, a revolution: machines capable of making components in series with such precision that they became interchangeable with only minor adjustments. An early pioneer of this form of production was Mr Georges-Auguste Leschot, who joined Vacheron Constantin in 1839 and introduced the “pantograph”, which centres and drills holes in plates and bridges in a repeatable fashion, following the geometry of a fixed template.

Magnetic Personality

In 1862, Vacheron Constantin became a member of the association for research into non-magnetic materials – magnetism becoming a big problem for a watch’s delicate metallic parts in an age when electricity and motors were becoming ubiquitous. In 1885 the company created the world’s first nonmagnetic timepiece, thanks to a clever cocktail of materials in the ticking assortment mechanism: balance wheel, balance spring and lever shaft all in palladium, the lever arms in bronze and the escape wheel in gold.

Another Level

How did Vacheron Constantin celebrate its 260th birthday in 2015? By unveiling the most complicated watch ever made, of course. The custom Reference 57260 boasts, as the number implies, nothing less than 57 separate complications – a double-dial horological masterwork of hitherto unimaginable technical innovation that consumed eight years of work for three of the company’s Master Watchmakers.

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