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.

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...]

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — 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...]

New Watch: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve

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Vacheron Constantin’s Collection Excellence Platine welcomes a new model for those who appreciate classically understated timepieces. The limited edition Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve embodies the finest horological traditions in every sense. … [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...]

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...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, 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 … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: 4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches Debut at Moscow Boutique

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Vacheron Constantin recently 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 is introducing black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime E-Special: The Watches of SIHH 2014

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published its latest E-Special, "The Watches of SIHH 2014." This digital download edition contains WatchTime's complete coverage of the new watches, trends, and industry news from the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), an exclusive annual event for the luxury watch industry, which takes place in Geneva and showcases important watch brands premiering their latest watches. … [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...]

WatchTime’s May-June Issue is On Sale Now!

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The May-June issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a comparative test of the Breitling Chronomat GMT Blacksteel and the Omega Speedmaster Professional Dark Side of the Moon, a showcase of milestone Breitling watches, and 39 highlight watches from the SIHH watch fair. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]

Video: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day and Date

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In WatchTime's May-June 2014 issue, on sale May 13, technical editor Mike Disher conducts an in-depth watch test of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Day and Date, a watch with twin retrograde calendar hands. Click here to view a video of the watch, shot exclusively for WatchTime by the story’s photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

WatchTime Presents 7 Of The Most Expensive Watches Over $1 Mio

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, presents seven of the world's most expensive luxury watches over $1 million: http://www.watchtime.com/blog/million-dollar-watches/ This unique list of amazing timepieces includes: Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’Ile, a limited edition watch of only seven pieces, which celebrated the brand’s 250th anniversary. It has two faces to make room for its many displays, including a second time … [Read more...]

WatchTime E-Special: The Watch Cities of Switzerland

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published a new E-Special: “The Watch Cities of Switzerland.” This downloadable e-special can be found here: http://watchtime-shop.com/specials/watchtime-e-special-the-watch-cities-of-switzerland.html This E-Special compiles four feature-length articles about four watchmaking cities in Switzerland: Bienne, where Rolex, Omega, and the Swatch Group make timepieces; La Chaux-De-Fonds, … [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 new ladies' watch collections, female watches and top 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 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far. … [Read more...]

Video: Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1731

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At SIHH 2014, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, which it calls "the world's thinnest manual-winding minute repeater." The watch's gold case is only 8.09 mm thick, and its movement, Caliber 1731, is a mere 3.9 mm thick. During the watch's launch at SIHH, Vacheron presented a video showcasing the brand's history of ultra-thin repeater watches and revealing the workings of this groundbreaking movement, which we present for you below. … [Read more...]

Vacheron Constantin Malte for Men

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Vacheron Constantin wowed the watch world at SIHH 2014 with its new lineup of openworked timepieces, as well as its introduction of the world's thinnest automatic minute repeater. But the brand offered some more understated watches as well, such as this week's Watch to Watch, the new Malte men's watch in white gold. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 9 New Luxury Watches for Ladies

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At the big watch fairs, like the upcoming Baselworld show and the recent SIHH in Geneva, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year, watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as their male counterparts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we're looking at some recently announced ladies' watches which will be available in 2014. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 ROUNDUP: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

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At last week's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our live 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. … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery: Touring the Luxury Booths of SIHH 2014

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which took place last week in Geneva, is probably the world's most exclusive international watch fair, with an invitation-only guest list. As we did last year, WatchTime wanted to give our readers and diehard watch fans a peek inside those hallowed halls of horology, courtesy of these exclusive photos by our own Mike Disher. Click below to begin the tour... … [Read more...]

4 Artistic Watches From SIHH 2014

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High horology isn’t just about movements: it’s also about aesthetics. The watch brands at SIHH in Geneva called on a range of decorative techniques, such as guillochage, enameling, and skeletonizing, that can add as much to the cost of watch as can a notable manufacture movement. Here, four watches showcasing the skills that some high-end watch companies call the “metiers d’art.” … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: New Men’s Watches From Vacheron Constantin

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After wooing the ladies with its new offerings at last year's SIHH, Vacheron Constantin turned its focus back to the male haute horlogerie connoisseur this year, and also threw a spotlight on the art of skeletonization, launching no less than six openworked timpieces: four in the brand's prestigious Metiers d'Art Collection and new, skeleton versions of two of its tourbillon watches, the Malte Tourbillon and Patrimony Traditonnelle 14-Day Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

3 Standout Skeleton Watches From SIHH 2014

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Skeleton watches — which show off the watchmaker's art by means of removing much of a watch's movement so that only its "bare bones" remains, and giving us a glimpse of it through a transparent dial — were not as much of a presence at this year's SIHH as in previous years. However, the few skeletonized timepieces (also referred to as "openworked") that did make their debut here were quite notable. (Vacheron Constantin, in fact, devoted many of its new releases to openworked styles; you'll … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: 10 New Watches Launching at SIHH

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This year's SIHH watch fair, held in Geneva, starts on Monday. If you're a regular visitor to WatchTime.com, you've seen that several watches making their debut at SIHH have already been unveiled before the event. To prepare you for our upcoming on-site coverage of the SIHH, we're giving you a taste of watches from ten brands that we (and, perhaps, some of you) will be seeing live for the first time there. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 Tourbillon Watches from Vacheron Constantin, Greubel Forsey, & Ralph Lauren

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With less than two weeks before the 2014 SIHH watch fair kicks off in Geneva, the luxury watch brands exhibiting there continue to send sneak peeks of several new watches set to debut at the show this year. This week, we take a look at three new watches from three very different brands but with one thing in common: all of them have tourbillons. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: 2014 Watch Predictions, Tiffany-Swatch Legal Decision, Blancpain’s Chefs and the “Death Watch”

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The new year has begun, and it is time for our first installment of "Around the Web" for 2014.  As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and other media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week. … [Read more...]

Need a Gift for Her? Here are 25 Ladies’ Watches from WatchTime.com and Watch Insider

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With the holiday season upon us, many of you are probably seeking out a gift for the lady in your life. 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 recent articles on ladies' watches all in one place. Follow the links below, where we highlight recently released ladies' watches to narrow down your gift options. … [Read more...]

More Vintage Style: 9 Modern Re-Editions of Classical Watches

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Last week, I listed 10 of my favorite vintage-style re-edition watches from various brands, but a lot of favorites still got left out. So, due to popular demand, here are nine more watches released in the past year or so that I consider among the best at representing the ongoing trend of reviving classical looks.   Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra Thin: This is a modern re-edition of the original Royal Oak, which debuted in 1972. Corum Chargé d´Affaires: Today's version of the … [Read more...]