Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin is a Swiss luxury watch company. Vacheron Constantin was founded in 1755, it is one of the oldest watch brands. In 1819 the company's official name was changed to Vacheron & Constantin, having previously operated under just the Vacheron name (the founder's last name). The first Vacheron boutique opened in 1906 on Quai de l’Ile, which eventually became the name of a successful Vacheron Constantin watch (still available today). In 1936, during a difficult time for the company because of the Great Depression, Charles Constantin became the head and this marked the first time in 80 years that the Constantin family was in charge of the manufacture. Today Vacheron is operated as a member of the Richemont Group (Piaget, Montblanc, IWC, Panerai). Among those who have worn a Vacheron Constantin watch are Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, and Harry Truman. Notable models include the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Vacheron Constantin Malte, Vacheron Constantin Quai de l'lile, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, Vacheron Constantin 1972, Vacheron Constantin Historiques, Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'art. The Vacheron Constantin calibers are among the sturdiest of all movements on the market. Vacheron Constantin prices are among the highest in the luxury watch segment, such models like the Vacheron Constantin Overseas or Vacheron Overseas chronograph command Vacheron watch prices of anywhere from $10,000 to more than $100,000. Why are Vacheron Constantin prices so high (based on the official Vacheron Constantin price list)? Vacheron is a manufacture, it makes its movements in-house. There are many steps involved in the production of every Vacheron caliber, which is why Vacheron Constantin replica watches or Vacheron Constantin ebay are not worth the money. If you want a real Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, go to a certified dealer or the Vacheron boutique. Or read our Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time review before committing to a purchase. WatchTime's coverage of Vacheron Constantin includes Vacheron Constantin watches reviews and Vacheron watch news updates, as well as Vacheron Constantin watch prices. Find more about a Vacheron Constantin skeleton watch or a Vacheron Constantin minute repeater, or the Vacheron Constantin ladies' watches or vintage Vacheron Constantin watches.

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years, watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [Read more...]


WatchTime Spotlight: The History of Vacheron Constantin Watches

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Vacheron Constantin is regarded by many watch aficionados as a pioneer in the precise manufacture of mechanical watch movements. A new free download, WatchTime Spotlight: Vacheron Constantin, collects two WatchTime feature stories about Vacheron Constantin watches. Even in the traditional Swiss watchmaking industry, it’s impressive when, like Vacheron Constantin, a manufacture can look back on more than a quarter of a millennium of watchmaking. Our story takes you from the first steps in … [Read more...]


A Watch of Note: The Inside Story of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731

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What’s the Mt. Everest of watchmaking? Is it a minute repeater? How about an ultra-thin caliber? Each requires special manufacturing know-how. Neither tolerates imprecision, and assembling either one requires tremendous skill. Now imagine an ultra-thin minute repeater. That’s a challenge the craftsmen at Vacheron Constantin accept every day. They are making the Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731. In this feature from WatchTime Magazine's December 2013 issue, we explain how Vacheron … [Read more...]


The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

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We've all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world's most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — "expensive watches" by almost anyone's definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond "pricey" and into the rarefied "million dollar watch" category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We've compiled eight of the world's most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the … [Read more...]


Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

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In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture Cartier. … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 12 Skeleton Watches

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Growing fascination with the inner workings of mechanical watches has sparked a boom in skeletonized looks. Scroll down to download wallpaper images of skeleton watches from Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and many other skeletonized watches from 12 luxury brands, to decorate your desktop. … [Read more...]


Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

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In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical "openwork" artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 10 skeleton watches introduced in recent years. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Vacheron Constantin Harmony Collection Debuts at SIHH 2015

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On the occasion of the 260th anniversary of its founding, Vacheron Constantin unveils the first models of an entirely new collection called Harmony. Issued in limited editions, these new timepieces are at once contemporary and vintage-inspired. They feature a new cushion shape and a design inspired by one of the brand’s first wristwatch chronographs introduced in 1928. New in-house movements, new design and interesting complications: please welcome the Vacheron Constantin Harmony collection, … [Read more...]


Audio: 12 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2015

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At SIHH 2015 in Geneva, I had the chance to chat with 12 watch industry executives, from 11 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces introduced at the show and what lies ahead in 2015. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées Collection

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At SIHH in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin brought out two new additions to its Métiers d'Art family. Known as the Mécaniques Gravées collection, these watches apply meticulous hand-engraving procedures to in-house Vacheron calibers. There is a basic two-hand version and a tourbillon caliber, each with its own ornate designs. … [Read more...]


4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches That Debuted at The Moscow Boutique

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Vacheron Constantin in 2014 opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand's tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron introduced black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Very Unusual Timepieces

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Since I started writing my thoughts and ideas about watches on my blog, Fratellowatches, I have been visiting the big watch fairs like Baselworld and the SIHH in Geneva. Sometimes, one comes across some very odd-looking watches at these fairs — watches that perhaps should not be defined as watches, but as mechanical art or — as MB&F's Maximilian Büsser puts it — horological machines. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2014 REVISITED: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

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At last year's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our  updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. As we head to SIHH 2015 it's worth a look back at the novelties from 2014. … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brand Spends the Most on Advertising?

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Watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this country. … [Read more...]


Gifts for Her: 25 Ladies’ Watches from WatchTime.com and Watch Insider

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With the holiday season almost over, some of you might still be seeking out a gift for the lady in your life, or you were so kind to buy her a gift card from her favorite jeweler? Why not share with her your passion for fine watches? We've decided to make your search a bit easier by gathering several of our  articles on ladies' watches all in one place. Follow the links below, where we highlight interesting ladies' watches to narrow down your gift options. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

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Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting top new ladies' watch collections, female watches and best ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my blog Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for the best watches for women, most beautiful ladies' timepieces, top ladies' watches and best ladies' watches presented recently. … [Read more...]


5 Vacheron Constantin Watches — and the Perfect Wines to Pair With Them

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Ever wonder what bottle of wine pairs best with your favorite luxury watch? WatchTime and Vacheron Constantin explored the concept in grand style on October 28 at a co-sponsored event held at Privé, the upscale wine bar at le Bernardin in New York City, and featuring watch-and-wine pairings chosen by award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm, wine director at Le Bernardin.   The evening began with wine and hors d'oeuvres, in which guests mingled amidst vitrines of Vacheron Constantin watches … [Read more...]


Vacheron Constantin Launches New Watches in Hong Kong

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Vacheron Constantin launched several new watches, including an ultra-complicated piece with astronomical displays, at the recent Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair. Three new Patrimony models also debuted. Here are six new Vacheron Constantin watches that caught our eye. … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Special Issue: Vacheron Constantin

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New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its 2009 special issue on Vacheron Constantin as a digital download. This special edition explores the history of Vacheron Constantin watches, taking the reader inside the brand’s Swiss manufacture and highlighting the most iconic timepieces from its 250-year history. … [Read more...]