Vacheron Constantin history
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest luxury watch brands, founded in 1755 in Switzerland. It was first named “Vacheron”, after the founder’s last name, but in 1819, its official name was changed to “Vacheron & Constantin”.
Its first boutique was opened in 1906 in Genève, which is still available. In 1936, it was the first time in 80 years for Constantin’s family to be responsible for the manufacturing as Charles Constantin became the head of the company. Nowadays, a member of the Richemont Group (Piaget, IWC, Montblanc, Panerai) is in charge of Vacheron Constantin, creating new models and fascinating the world with such creations.
- In 1770, Vacheron Constantin created the world’s first complication.
- In 1779, it was the first to design engine-turned dials.
- In 1885, it invented the world’s first nonmagnetic timepiece, which minimally deviates in magnetic fields.
- In 1979, it created one of the most expensive wristwatches, Kallista, valuing more than 10 million dollars and containing about 118 emerald diamonds. It took Vacheron Constantin 6000 hours to make the watch and 20 months for the diamonds.
Being a symbol of prestige, experts state that Vacheron Constantin is an excellent investment regarding design, complications, heritage, and workmanship.
Vacheron Constantin has a long history of beautiful designs, not just the watch movements but also the cases and dials. Vacheron Constantin is a pioneer in beautiful designing, not forgetting Art Deco-style pieces produced in the 1920s.
Early wristwatches, pocket watches, and women’s pendant watches are examples of such perfection. There were many styles Vacheron Constantin offered in such periods, such as flame lugs, horn lugs, scroll lugs, and butterfly lugs.
Having a history of 263 years of experience in the luxury watch industry also makes Vacheron Constantin stand out. Moreover, with the rich history of Vacheron Constantin creating the world’s most complicated watches, it has been catching the luxury watch collectors’ attention since its foundation.
Celebrities wearing Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin was worn by many famous people such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Edward VIII, Harry Truman, and Pope Pius XI. Moreover, Donald Trump wore a pink gold Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1968 during his 2016 campaign.
Also, Alexander Skarsgard wore the new model of Vacheron Constantin, Overseas, which was stainless steel with a blue dial in his international tour for his Tarzan movie and the movie’s director, Tim Story, producer Vishal Rungta, and gold actor, Edgar Ramirez, are also fans of Vacheron Constantin.
Most popular Vacheron Constantin models and collections
Among the numerous models Vacheron Constantin has created, Vacheron Constantin Malte, Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’art, Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’lile, Vacheron Constantin Historiques, and Vacheron Constantin 1972 are the most notable ones.
– Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’art
In 2007, Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’art “Les Masques” was launched. The company featured a miniature reproduction of primitive masks, selecting 12 masks from a private museum, reproducing them in a miniature form, and featuring them on the dial centers of its watches.
In 2012, the ‘Les Univers Infinis’ collection of the Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’art model was launched. The company featured tessellation, designing interlocking identical shapes inspired by the Dutch artist’s work, Maurits Cornelis Esche.
– Vacheron Constantin Overseas
It’s Vacheron Constantin’s new sports line, which was launched in 2003.
– Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin price range
You can own a certified pre-owned Vacheron Constantin watch starting from around $4,000.
The most expensive Vacheron Constantin models can be bought for around $100,000.