Treasures of Vacheron Constantin

A Legacy of Watchmaking since 1755

Julien Marchenoir

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November 15, 2011
204 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
200 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300178562
Cloth

Distributed for Editions Hazan, Paris

This sumptuous book brings to life the rich past and the landmark creations of one of the world's great watchmakers. Founded in the Swiss city of Geneva in 1755 by the gifted craftsman and businessman Jean-Marc Vacheron, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch manufacturer in the world with an uninterrupted history. Its phenomenal rise to an international reputation of the highest standing in turn throws light on the global success of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition. 

The book traces the principal milestones in the company's history: its founding during the Age of Enlightenment; the successive generations of the Vacheron family; the association in 1819 with François Constantin, who opened up the North American market to the company; the transformational relationship with the inventor Georges-Auguste Leschot; and the company's subsequent international recognition and expansion. Through an array of glorious illustrations, it presents Vacheron Constantin's historical collections, while highlighting the creations of the craftsmen who contribute to the technical excellence of its timepieces—the master-watchmakers—and the artisans who transform them into genuine objets d'art—the master engravers, guillocheurs, jewelers and enamelers.

Julien Marchenoir is Head of Marketing and Communication at Vacheron Constantin.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

National Museum of Singapore
(06/23/11-08/14/11)

“Vacheron Constanin’s immaculate objects of art are beautifully presented with pages of chronometers, pocket watches and wristwatches spanning the centuries. A final selection on the métiers d’art that lift Vacheron Constanin pieces beyond mere technical excellence is breathtaking.”—Glass Magazine

“This sumptuously illustrated book with it’s wealth of show-stopping wrist and pocket watches many set with brilliant diamonds, emeralds and rubies brings a clear focus to the landmark creations of one of the world’s greatest watchmakers.”–Richard Edmonds, The Birmingham Post (Books for Christmas)

"This sumptuous book brings to life the rich past and the landmark creations of one of the world's great watchmakers."—Antiques and Fine Art