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Monday 30 May, 2011 - 09:00 AM EDT

Anne Biéler join the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin Press Release

Following several years experience within the watchmaking world including more than six years spent in the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie as Head of Communication and Press Relations, Anne Biéler accepted to join the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin within its Marketing Department, under the direction of Marc Guten. 

Anne Biéler will be principally in charge of International Press Relations and will support the Manufacture on corporate communication projects under the responsibility of Sébastien Knop, Communication Director.


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Friday 27 May, 2011 - 09:40 AM EDT

Atelier Cabinotiers : Philosophia et Vladimir

Vacheron Constantin

Created in 2006, Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers revives the very unique spirit of 18th century Geneva. At that time, prestigious clients came to order directly from the cabinotiers, the watch industry craftsmen who forged the city’s reputation. Royalty such as King Fouad of Egypt or his son King Farouk were also ferevent collectors of one-of-a-kind models created by the Manufacture. Today, for the first time, Vacheron Constantin is unveiling two timepieces ordered from Atelier Cabinotiers, a new and unique service that custom-makes Fine Watches.

Secrecy and confidentiality surround most of the watches made to order by Vacheron Constantin. Sometimes embodying the wildest of dreams, always expressions of a burning desire, they are heard of more often than seen. These exceptional collection pieces come to life in Geneva at Atelier Cabinotiers. Unique in the watchmaking industry, this custom-building department offers clients a very exclusive service representing far more than just a finished product and based on the attentive listening skills and expertise of this Fine Watchmaking Manufacture founded in 1755. By providing this service, the latter is reviving the spirit of the cabinotiers, the highly specialised Geneva craftsmen who made the city famous beginning in the 11th century – first in jewellery, and then in watchmaking. This year, for the first time, Vacheron Constantin is unveiling two unique pieces stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva and made by its Atelier Cabinotiers service.

Philosophia*: the other way to tell the time

Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers service was recently busy with two special orders. The first, christened Philosophia* by its owner, is in and of itself a paradox. It brilliantly sets the scene for the peaceful coexistence of Fine Watchmaking and approximate time. The original idea was based on the postulate that mankind does not need to constantly know the exact time to the nearest minute. In some parts of the world, making an appointment “in the morning” or “in the evening” is quite sufficient to allow two people to meet. In the same spirit, knowing that it is 12 or 17 minutes past ten o’clock does not make the Philosophia*’s owner any happier or unhappier. However, while this man has decided on a lifestyle of displaying approximate time, he is no less a connoisseur of excellence. Far from being indifferent, he is in fact a Fine Watchmaking enthusiast and a major collector of timepieces.

The Philosophia* conveys all of these things at once. Based on a model from the Patrimony collection, it has only one hand in the centre, the hour hand, with a 24-hour display, allowing the approximate hour to be read without worrying about the minutes. But if the owner wants a more exact idea of the time at any given moment, he simply engages the on-off slide of the Philosophia*’s minute repeater, which reveals the exact hour, quarter hour and minute. If the hand is a little before 6 o’clock, the chime will sound five times on a low note, three times on a low-to-high note pair, and, for example, twelve times on a high note. That means it is exactly 5:57.

Another sophisticated touch in the Philosophia* is an opening in the dial at 6 o’clock that reveals a tourbillon rotating once every 60 seconds. The commissioner of the piece, who also likes astronomy, asked for a customised precision moon phase; the moon is shown with its craters, and a single star – the pole star—shines near it. On the back of the watch, the power reserve indicator bears a small plaque stamped with the intertwined constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Nearby, engraved in the 18-carat pink gold of the custom case, the identifying phrase “Les Cabinotiers” and the Atelier Cabinotiers coat of arms attest to the exceptional origin of this timepiece, which is also stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Highly customised, the entire Philosophia* - a one-of-a-kind model – was made piece by piece at Vacheron Constantin by Atelier Cabinotiers. At its owner’s request, it was engraved with “No Un/Un” [No. One/One] instead of the usual “1/1” marked on one-of-a-kind pieces. This attention to detail was the rule for all 522 components of the hand-wound mechanical movement that makes the Philosophia* tick. The movement that drives a minute repeater, a 60-second tourbillon and the moon-phase display. Careful attention was paid to the finishes of all components; even the surfaces that will never be seen are hand decorated. This is true, for example, of the plate and its hand matt-effect file-stroke treatment, which gives it a very beautiful granulated sandy effect but which no one –except the watchmaker who takes the watch apart for maintenance – will ever see. Another special detail is the openwork at the centre of the escapement wheel, which provides a place for a pierced Maltese Cross motif, the symbol of Vacheron Constantin.

Unique in its spirit, aesthetics and exclusive mechanism, the Philosophia model was recently delivered to its owner by Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers. It goes without saying that the presentation box as well as all the accessories and related documents – including the instructions – were also custom-made, one of each.

* Philosophia is the name given by the owner

Vladimir*: the ultimate in complications and artistic crafts

The second special order was named Vladimir* by its owner. This Slavic first name is derived from the ancient term Volodimir, which literally means “domination by peace” or “peace to all.” This superlative watch is none other than one of the world’s most complicated timepieces. That is what its owner wanted, and Vacheron Constantin’s Atelier Cabinotiers gathered the resources to meet this very ambitious goal. As it began this extraordinary adventure and accepted this uncommon mechanical challenge, Vacheron Constantin knew it could count on its unusual expertise garnered over an uninterrupted span of more than 250 years in business. The Genevese Manufacture had demonstrated this during its quarter-millennial celebration in 2005 by designing and producing in its own workshops what was at the time the world’s most complicated wristwatch, the famous Tour de l’Ile. The Vladimir* model that has just left Ateliers Cabinotiers is even more complicated than that legendary model of 2005. The hand-wound mechanical movement of this unique Vladimir* watch drives no less than 17 complications. This exceptional movement, bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, has some 891 components, all hand-finished or hand-decorated at Vacheron Constantin. It is both a technical and aesthetic triumph that took Atelier Cabinotiers and its top-flight watchmakers four years to develop.

Just one look at the Vladimir*’s main dial, which was hand-engraved on a rose engine at Atelier Cabinotiers, gives an indication of the complexity of this horological masterpiece and reveals an impressive array of complications, in addition to the usual display of hours and minutes. To begin with the supreme example, the very refined 60-second tourbillon mechanism stands out at 6 o’clock, while next to it at 3 o’clock appears the moon phase on a blue sky with a precision moon in gold, smiling or serious depending on the phase and hand-engraved by Atelier Cabinotiers craftsmen. To its right, a smaller counter with a small blued hand indicates the striking mechanism torque, i.e., whether the minute repeater mechanism is engaged. In addition to the hour and minute hands – one-of-a-kind pieces made especially for this watch –that travel around the slightly off-centre minute markers, the front side of the main dial provides a second time zone with day/night indicator at 11 o’clock. The power reserve indicator is located in the 9 o’clock sector, also enhanced by a 52-week indicator. At this point, we have already seen seven easily identifiable complications on a well-balanced dial – with all of the motifs and materials having been selected by the purchaser – that are perfectly legible and aesthetically flawless. As another sign of the personalisation evident throughout the entire creative process, the guilloché pattern on the dial was also chosen by the collector of this exceptional timepiece.

The back is no less admirable than the front, having a wealth of information that is pleasantly arranged, exciting, subtle and surprising. On the upper portion, the perpetual calendar dials are arranged in a triangle, displaying the days of the week, month and date from left to right. A small window at 1 o’clock shows the leap-year cycle. In the centre of the dial, a blued hand sweeps over a small sector devoted to the equation of time, the variable difference observable between true (solar) time and the time marked by clocks, which for convenience is divided into equal intervals. Two other pieces of astronomical information are conveyed by hands traversing two sectors at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock: the time of sunrise and sunset. The list of functions ends in a blaze of glory with a precision sky chart of the northern hemisphere, as one rarely sees it.

This exceptional mechanical watch bearing the Hallmark of Geneva has a setting to match. The Vladimir*’s case is itself a work of art, epitomising the legendary expertise and nimble fingers of Atelier Cabinotiers’ artistic craftsmen. On the sides of this unique and imposing piece, which is 47 mm in diameter, the signs of the Chinese zodiac appear in bas-relief. The motifs and the bas-relief technique (which is extremely rare in watchmaking) used here were both done by request of the owner. Before getting to the heart of the matter with regard to the subject and materials, the designers showed the purchaser many sketches. The decision was then made to depict the signs of the zodiac on both sides of the case, which itself is made of 18-carat pink gold. In the end, the twelve figures – from the dragon through the rabbit and the rooster to the snake – were made to stand out slightly from the main body of 18-carat pink gold. It was a colossal task for the engravers – the twelve figures alone took more than six months – and required that a very special case first had to be made with extra-thick sides, from which the superfluous material was removed, carving roughly at first and then in very fine detail. As with every other timepiece from Vacheron Constantin’s workshop, the case was then polished very subtly, a task made all the more difficult by the fact that it absolutely must not destroy the engraver’s incredible work on the bas-reliefs. In order to meet the challenge and create this extremely complex and unique timepiece, Atelier Cabinotiers called on more than 20 experts and craftsmen. It was a Herculean effort for a watch that deserves to join the legendary ranks of exceptional watchmaking.

* Vladimir is the name given by the owner


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Tuesday 24 May, 2011 - 15:00 PM EDT

“Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A legacy of watchmaking since 1755”

from June 24th to August 14th 2011 at The National Museum of Singapore

From June 24th to August 14th 2011, in cooperation with Vacheron Constantin, The National Museum of Singapore invites visitors to discover the history of the watchmaking Manufacture and that of Fine Watchmaking in Geneva. The first major public exhibition of the heritage of the world’s oldest watch Manufacture with a continuous history, “Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755” reveals over 250 years of creativity and know-how.

Designed like an initiatory journey into the world of the 18th century watchmaking artisans known as cabinotiers, the exhibition is an exploration offering a chance to discover the evolution of time measurement, its professions, as well as the influence of artistic currents – a cultural trilogy that has forged the history of Vacheron Constantin since its founding in 1755. Visitors travel back in time through 180 exceptional pieces from the heritage of the Geneva-based Manufacture, displayed over more than 600 square metres. The watches illustrate the evolution of watchmaking, its industry and its craftsmanship, from the 18th century to the present day.

From historical documents from the company archives dating back to Jean-Marc Vacheron and François Constantin to watchmaking tools, from the workbenches of Geneva’s cabinotiers to the machines invented by Georges Auguste Leschot – notably the inventor in 1839 of the pantograph, the device that revolutionised the watch industry by enabling it to produce interchangeable watch parts – the scenography of the exhibition gives life to an incredibly rich technical and aesthetic universe. The impressive variety of pieces united here in itself a living treasure that is unique in its kind. It demonstrates the expertise and creativity of Vacheron Constantin, as well as its incredible capacity for innovation since its founding. From the first pocket watches to clocks, and from jewelled timepieces to Grandes Complications, all are part of this original retrospective of the history of Vacheron Constantin and of the Haute Horlogerie tradition cultivated in Geneva.

While a Vacheron Constantin watch is above all an instrument for reading the time, it is also a resolutely high-tech piece, a symbol of social status and a daily accessory. Whatever its nature, it remains a concentrated blend of history and innovation, and a genuine work of art. Like an open book spanning past and present, the timepieces on show highlight the Métiers d’Art (artistic crafts) without which Haute Horlogerie could not shine so brightly. The star item in the exhibition brilliantly illustrates this truth: created in 1923, Les Bergers d’Acadie pocket watch single-handedly enshrines the subtle alchemist’s blend of skills dedicated to the tireless quest for excellence. This masterpiece combines the talents of the Vacheron Constantin watchmakers, enamellers and engravers within a yellow gold case representing a fascinating triptych. A grand feu enamelled miniature painting faithfully depicts every last detail of the famous painting by Nicolas Poussin adorns the case-back, while the face is entirely engraved. The double back cover is embellished by an engraving featuring the pounced ornament technique and depicting a pastoral scene. Two cherubs keep watch over the mechanical hand-wound movement, also hand-engraved in the finest tradition and visible once the watch is open.

“Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755” is far more than a mere watch exhibition. For several days following the opening of the exhibition, several talented artisans from the Manufacture are to share some of their secrets with visitors. An engraver, a gem-setter, a guillocheur, an enameller and a watchmaker will be on-site to testify to this know-how inherited from past centuries and which continues to nourish constantly renewed creativity.

The visitor’s initiation begins in the workshops of an 18th century cabinotier, a symbol of the original professions of Vacheron Constantin and which have shaped its identity. Identical to that of the Maison du Quai de l’Ile during that period, the workshop reveals the work habits of Geneva’s master craftsmen. Whether watchmakers, engravers, goldsmiths or enamellers, these men nurtured by the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment were the aristocracy of craftsmanship. It is was within this context eminently propitious to creative freedom that Jean-Marc Vacheron created his pocket watches, of which the first known one signed “J M Vacheron à Genève” and made in the 1750s is exhibited here as the worthy forerunner of an exceptional historical legacy.

Immersed into this era that witnessed the blossoming of Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, of which Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest and most illustrious representatives, visitors followed a themed route in which each of the major crafts exercised within the Manufacture reveals its art. That of the master watchmaker is in particular illustrated by the Haute Complication pocket watch made in 1929 for King Fouad I. Through its careful finishing, the high level of quality extending through to the smallest details, and beautiful overall proportions, its 46-jewel mechanical movement houses the peak achievements of the watchmaking art: a split-second chronograph, a 30-minute totalizer, a petite sonnerie sounding the hours only, a silence function, a grande sonnerie in passing on a three-gong chime, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, as well as the phases and age of the moon. Visitors discover these complications one by one during their peregrinations through the section dedicated to the Master Watchmaker, and this array of technical feats enables them to understand how watchmakers have always grasped the nature of time and expressed its true complexity.

The section dedicated to the Métiers d’Art vividly testifies to the exceptional wealth of the decorative arts applied to watches. The beauty of movements, of cases, of dials: Vacheron Constantin has never favoured one element to the detriment of the others. As an accomplished watchmaker, it creates efficient and elegant mechanisms ranging from the simplest to the most complex. As a case manufacturer, it “clothes” movements rather than merely protecting them, enhancing them by infusing them with its own inimitable style. As a dial-maker, it entrusts the finest engravers, guillocheurs, enamellers, gem-setting jewellers with giving them the ideal face. Its enduring vocation is best summed up by the House motto: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible”.

The workshops thus recreated, the artisans present with their tools, as well as the many historical and modern pieces, all serve to embody the intrinsic value that the human hand confers on each timepiece. A unique, precious value that Vacheron Constantin has been dedicated to perpetuating for over 250 years in complete respect for the finest traditions of hand craftsmanship.

“This first major exhibition of the ‘Treasure of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755’ marks the start of a long cultural journey, a mission to relate our rich history which echoes that of Haute Horlogerie. This is also the history of a remarkable demonstration of collaborative work, each watch resulting from a symbiosis of talents and the encounter between men and women sharing their savoir-faire to achieve a common goal. It is our duty to commit to passing on this human legacy which represents an inestimably precious imprint on History”. Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.

The “Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755” thus interweaves past, present and future in a spirit of discovery and exploration. “The farther back you look, the farther forward you are likely to see” this statement by Winston Churchill resonates with particular clarity in The National Museum of Singapore. Providing an intimate setting despite its spacious 600 square-metre area, the exhibition highlights time and its role in setting the cadence for human activities and in accompanying technical developments, art movements and even lifestyles. Each Vacheron Constantin houses a fragment of history – that of horology in particular, as well as more broadly that of art, culture and society. Each reveals something of the identity of brand that is consistently ahead of its time, which has already begun writing a new chapter in its history and in that of watchmaking, by building as it has always done on its perpetually innovative legacy.

“In this journey of exploration, we found that the long history of watchmaking not only encapsulates technical development and innovation, it also reflects the change of time, in society and our way of life.” Lee Chor Lin, Director of The National Museum of Singapore.


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Wednesday 04 May, 2011 - 10:00 AM EDT

Métiers d’Art “Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris”

A collection of exceptional unique pieces dedicated to the Opera Garnier pays vibrant tribute to ar

Having been a patron of the Paris National Opera for the past four years, Vacheron Constantin shares with this institution the art of precision, renewal and wonder. Technical and aesthetic mastery of this art depends on a number of artistic trades. In honour of this association, Vacheron Constantin has designed an exceptional series of fifteen unique watches as a tribute to the greatest composers of all time, the very same who were Marc Chagall’s inspiration for the monumental mural on the Opera Garnier’s ceiling. The unique Métiers d’Art “Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris” series is a masterful illustration of one of the remarkable crafts in Art History, faithfully perpetuated by the Manufacture.

The first watch, presented at the gala evening held in the Palais Garnier on November 20th 2010 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opéra National de Paris (AROP), the Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, features a faithful reproduction of the entire Chagall ceiling, using the time-honoured Geneva technique of Grand Feu enamelled miniature painting. The yellow gold case frames a 31.50 mm-diameter dial bearing a work that is actually spread over 200 square metres – an amazing feat in itself that is now preserved within the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection.

The second watch will be unveiled at the fifth edition of the Journées des Métiers d’Art (Artistic Craft Days) organised in France by the French National Institute of Arts and Crafts (INMA) on April 1, 2 and 3, 2011. It showcases Chagall’s mural devoted to Tchaïkovski’s “Swan Lake” by reproducing every last detail of the great master’s painting.


Métiers d’Art Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris  - Hommage to P. I. Tchaïkovski

Unique piece highlighting the composer Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski and his ballet Swan Lake, as depicted in the work by Marc Chagall

Reference    86090/000J-9712
Calibre    2460 SC
                 Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
                 Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva

Energy     Mechanical self-winding

Movement thickness    3.60 mm

Movement diameter    26.20 mm

Jewelling    27 jewels

Frequency    4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

Indications    Hours, minutes, central seconds

Power reserve    approx. 40 hours

Case    18 K yellow gold

Diameter    40 mm

Water resistance    Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial    Grand Feu enamelled miniature according to the Geneva technique
           Reproduction of Marc Chagall’s painting on the ceiling of the Opéra Garnier in Paris
Bracelet     Semi-matt black Mississipiensis alligator leather, large square scales, hand-sewn saddle-finish

Buckle    Pin buckle in 18K pink gold
                Polished half Maltese cross


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Tuesday 03 May, 2011 - 10:00 AM EDT

“Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A legacy of watchmaking since 1755”

An exhibition of the exceptional watchmaking heritage of the Manufacture, from June 24th to August

From June 24th to August 14th 2011, in collaboration with Vacheron Constantin, the National Museum of Singapore extends an invitation to discover the history of the Manufacture and that of Genevan Haute Horlogerie. The first major public exhibition of the heritage of the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in uninterrupted activity since its founding, the “Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A legacy of watchmaking since 1755”  shed light on more than 250 years of creativity and know-how.

Conceived as an educational journey revolving around the spirit of the artisans cabinotiers of the 18th Century, the exhibition is an exploration of the evolution of the measurement of time, of its crafts and of artistic influences, a trilogy that defines the history of Vacheron Constantin since its foundation. The visitor travels back in time via 180 exceptional pieces from the heritage of the Manufacture in Geneva, in an exposition covering 600m2. From archived documents belonging to Jean-Marc Vacheron and Francois Constantin to particular watchmaking tools, and from the Genevan workbenches of the artisans cabinotiers to the machines invented by the Manufacture, the set design gives life to a technical and aesthetic universe of incredible richness.

Like an open book on the past and present, the pieces of the exhibit highlight the Métiers d’Art without which the Haute Horlogerie of Geneva would not shine as brightly. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a brilliant illustration of this truth: the pocket watch Les Bergers of Arcadia created in 1923 embodies in and of itself the alchemy of manufacturing know-how developed in the course of an endless quest for excellence. On location for several days following the exposition’s opening, talented artisans of the Manufacture enthrall visitors with some of their secrets. Engraver, gem-setter, guillocheur, enameller and watchmaker showcase a know-how inherited from past centuries that continues to nurture constant creativity.

"This first major exhibition of ‘Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A legacy of watchmaking since 1755’ marks the start of a long journey into the cultural richness of our history, one that echoes that of Haute Horlogerie. A story that remains one of the finest demonstrations of a community working together, where every timepiece is the result of a symbiosis of talents and the extraordinary men and women who combine their expertise in pursuit of a common goal. It is our duty to share this heritage representing an invaluable human footprint in history." Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin.

“As this voyage unfolds, we realise that the extensive history of watch-making focuses not only on developmental and technical innovations, but also reflects the evolution of time, history in general as well as trends and patterns in life”, Lee Chor Lin, Director of the National Museum of Singapore.


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