Vacheron Constantin is a luxury Swiss manufacture of prestige watches and a brand of the Richemont group. It employs around 1,100 people worldwide, most of whom are based in the manufacturing plants in Geneva and Vallée de Joux.
The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-MarcVacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1770, his company created the first complication, and nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials. … The company continued its activity under the name Vacheron & Constantin.
International Head of Watches John Reardon attempts to define the very special appeal of the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous production
Ahead of every auction I am asked, ‘Which brand offers the best value these days?’ My answer: Vacheron Constantin. Whether vintage or modern, Vacheron Constantin represents an excellent investment in terms of complications, design, workmanship and heritage. For these reasons and more, collectors love the house of Vacheron Constantin, and competition at auctions for the finest examples that surface each season is intense.
Vacheron Constantin has a rich and record-breaking heritage in making complicated watches. As early as 15 years after the company’s founding in 1755, Vacheron was producing complicated timepieces. By the beginning of the 20th century, the company was recognised as one of the most important complicated watchmakers around, attracting the attention and business of the world’s most important collectors, including King Fuad I and his son King Farouk of Egypt. In 1918 James Ward Packard of Packard automobiles commissioned one of the most complicated watches of the era, a watch (below) that Christie’s was honoured to sell in 2011 for $1.7 million.
In more recent times, Vacheron Constantin produced the most complicated wristwatch the world had ever seen, the Tour d’Ile, made in only seven examples in 2005 to celebrate the company’s 250th anniversary. With 16 complications, this watch gave Vacheron Constantin the attention it deserved for being able to make innovative and masterfully complicated watches. The Ref. 57260 — the most complicated watch ever made — was released in 2015 as part of a special commission by a collector. With 57 complications, this timepiece did not fail to disappoint and continues to push the boundaries of modern watchmaking today.