WatchAdvisor.com is glad to introduce you a new series of articles aiming at improving your understanding and knowledge of the watch industry. Each week, we will have the pleasure to present in detail a brand and its collections, and in order for you to pick the watch of your dream, we will also provide a selection of our 10 favorite watches. This week, we cover the oldest brand of the watch industry – Vacheron Constantin!
Vacheron Constantin in a Nutshell
Founded: 1755 – in Geneva by Jean-Marc Vacheron & Francois Constantin
Corporate: Member of Richemont group
CEO: Louis Ferla (Since 2017)
Revenue: CHF 450`000`000
Price range: CHF 14`000 – 750`000
Units: 20`000 per year
Employees: + 1000
Collection: Men's & ladies'
What does the Brand stand for?
Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking manufacture and was one of the first brands to ever offered wristwatches. Today, the brand’s annual production of around 20’000 watches shows how rare and precious these timepieces are. Vacheron Constantin stands for perfection and fine watchmaking, and never fails to impress us, even when we believe that it is not possible to push excellence further.
The brand represents the saying of one of its founders, Francois Constantin: "if it is possible, we do it better, and it is always possible." If you love perfection and dare to live in a world of your own, then Vacheron Constantin is your brand.
About the Models
Inspired by watches of the 50s, the Patrimony is a classical and historical timepiece. Vacheron Constantin achieved a superb design by combining a round and edgy case with minimalist details: simple and royal.
The Traditionelle brings you back to the past, where everything began. This collection is a reminder of the savoir-faire of Vacheron Constantin, an homage to the pioneers of the brand.
Launched in 1956, this collection still has an important role for the brand. The Fiftysix had back then a modern touch, combined with a classic spirit. Today, it is a proof of how simple things can become legendary.
After many years, Vacheron Constantin decided to bring back some of its iconic timepieces. The Historiques collection offers you the possibility to travel through decades of watchmaking evolutions and designs. For instance, it is possible to see some special and unusual features like the dial position of the American 1921, which is very unconventional.
An iconic watch design combined with the know-how of the brand. The Harmony possesses a strong recognition factor and throughout all the models, you can see the brand’s respect for the history of the watchmaking industry. With this collection, Vacheron Constantin keeps things as they used to be, and for the better.
Being mostly known for its classic timepieces, Vacheron Constantin surprised everybody when launching its first and only divers watch: the Overseas. In the meantime, the collection has become an icon in the fields of diving watches, and a simple look at its bezel can make you understand why.
A collection that draws inspiration from art, history, and culture. The Métiers d’Art does not only tell you the time but a story that words cannot describe: emotion, passion, and uniqueness.
Quai de l’Ile
With the Quai de l’Ile collection, Vacheron Constantin expresses the modernity of the watchmaking tradition. The brand offers you the opportunity to personalize and customize every timepiece, finding a watch that truly suits you, and therefore writing your own story.
The Heures Créative combine the style of Art Nouveau and Art Deco with the timeless feminine sparkles of diamonds. With this collection, Vacheron Constantin created pure, elegant, and majestic watches, setting new standards for modern women.
Named after the brand’s logo, the Maltese cross, the Malte collection what launched in 2000. Inspired by its heritage, these models are classic masterpieces, connecting the fine art of watchmaking and the brand's history.
WatchAdvisor’s 10 Favorites
Patrimony Self-Winding 40mm (Ref. 85180/000G-9230)
CHF 28`400 (recommended retail price)
Harmony Dual Time 40mm (Ref. 7810S/000G-B142)
CHF 38`300 (recommended retail price)
Fiftysix Complete Calendar 40mm (Ref. 4000E/000A-B439)
CHF 24`000 (recommended retail price)
Overseas Self-Winding 41mm (Ref. 4500V/110A-B126)
CHF 23`800 (recommended retail price)
Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 (Ref. 3110V/000A-B425)
CHF 20`700 (recommended retail price)
Quai de l'Ile Self-Winding 41mm (Ref. 4500S/000A-B195)
CHF 16`800 (recommended retail price)
Malte Quartz 28.40mm (Ref. 25530/000R-9742)
CHF 24`800 (recommended retail price)
Métiers d'Art Ville Lumière – New York 40mm (Ref. 33580/000R-9904)
Price available on request
Traditionnelle Quartz 30mm (Ref. 25155/000G-9584)
CHF 14'200 (recommended retail price)
Fiftysix Self-Winding 40mm (Ref. 4600E/000A-B442)
CHF 12`300 (recommended retail price)