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Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication, Movement No. 37555, Case No. 231922, pocket watch in 20-carat gold made for James Ward Packard in 1918 brought US$1,800,000 at Christie’s New York auction on June 15, 2011.

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN is a Swiss manufacture of prestige watches and a brand of the Richemont group. It employs around 400 people worldwide, most of whom are based in the manufacturing plants in Geneva and Vallée de Joux. Previous Vacheron Constantin watch owners include Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, the Duke of Windsor and Harry Truman.

The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, Switzerland. This makes it one of the oldest watch manufacturer in the world with an uninterrupted history. Besides being a young businessman, Vacheron was also a talented craftsman. In 1770 his company created the first complication, and nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials. The son of Jean-Marc Vacheron, Abraham, took over the family business in 1785. During this period the company was able to survive the French Revolution (1789–1799). Later, in 1810, Jaques-Barthélemy Vacheron, the grandson of the founder, became the head of the company. He was the first to initiate the company's exports to France and Italy. Later, Jaques-Barthélemy realized that he was not able to handle his business alone. In order to travel overseas and sell the company's products, he needed a partner. Consequently, in 1819 François Constantin became the associate of Vacheron. The company continued its activity under the name Vacheron & Constantin. François Constantin traveled around the world and marketed watches. Thus he helped the company to open new markets. The main market was North America. The company's motto (which remains today), "Do better if possible and that is always possible," first appeared in Constantin's letter to Jaques-Barthélémy. The letter was dated July 5, 1819. The first boutique in Geneva was opened by Vacheron Constantin in 1906. This store can be seen today on Quai de l’Ile. During the Great Depression Vacheron & Constantin found itself in a difficult situation and the only one to bring hope was Charles Constantin. He became the head of the company in 1936 and it was the first time since 1850s that a representative of the Constantin family received the position of Vacheron & Constantin's president.

During World War II the company's sales decreased considerably. However, Vacheron & Constantin was able to come back on the watch market due to Georges Ketter. To outline the beginning of the 3rd century of its watchmaking the company created Patrimony—the world's thinnest mechanical watch at that time which was only 5.25 mm thick.In 1970 the "&" was dropped from Vacheron & Constantin. In 1979 Vacheron Constantin made Kallista, one of the most expensive wristwatches. Its initial price was $5 million, but today the watch is valued at about $11 million. Kallista had 118 emerald-cut diamonds. It took about 6,000 hours for the watch masters to make this watch and about 20 months for jewelers to enrich the watch. When Jacques Ketterer died in 1987, Vacheron Constantin changed hands. However its sales increased and today the company produces about 20,000 timepieces per year. In 1996 the entire share capital of the company was bought by Richemont Group.

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  • Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile Men's Watch. Reference: 80250/000R-9145. Released in 2005 in a limited edition of 7 pieces to commemorate the manufacturer's 250th anniversary. At US$1.5 million, this is the most expensive watch this year.
  • VACHERON CONSTANTIN - founded in 1755. Awarded the Hallmark of Geneva in 1909. Swiss luxury complicated timepieces since 1755, is the oldest watch manufacturer in the world in continuous operation.
  • VACHERON CONSTANTIN - Wikipedia.
  • The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie “Tribute to Johannes Vermeer” Pocket Watch (Live Pics) - "A commissioned open-face pocket watch with tourbillon, sonnerie and magnificent miniature painting."
  • Vacheron Constantin Recreates A 100-Year-Old Vintage Watch Using Original Tools & Components - Forbes.
  • Vacheron Constantin’s New Long-Awaited Sports Watches Are Rugged Enough for Mt. Everest - "The prototype that inspired the latest models scaled Mt. Everest with adventurer Cory Richards in 2019."
    • 1972 small model gold bracelet. Reference: 25515/U01R-9254.
    • 1972 COLLECTION
    • Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase: €72,500.
    • ÉgÉrie COLLECTION - "Égérie is our new collection entirely inspired by and dedicated to women, the coming together of Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie, two worlds sharing the same passion for excellence and beauty. With such priceless sources of inspiration, Égérie will inspire you to make each moment more precious than the one before."
    • Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix complete calendar: €41,700.
    • Fiftysix COLLECTION - "A name and a date evoking an iconic model by Vacheron Constantin dating from 1956. This modern, elegant and relaxed collection with its resolutely cosmopolitan style expresses its personality through the contrast between the classic dial and the daring case. The latter is notably inspired by the Maltese cross-shaped emblem of the Maison that is also picked up on the openworked pink gold oscillating weight."
    • Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921: €37,900.
    • HISTORIQUES COLLECTION - "In tribute to the uninterrupted creativity displayed by Vacheron Constantin since 1755, the Historiques line provides contemporary reinterpretations of iconic models from the heritage of the Maison. These legendary creations are now revived through Fine Watchmaking models blending rigorous technical sophistication with daring aesthetics."
    • Vacheron Constantin Malte tourbillon skeleton.
    • MALTE COLLECTION - "Since 1912, the Manufacture has associated the emblematic curves of the Malte collection with the most prestigious watch mechanisms. Bearing the name of a watch component that has become the Vacheron Constantin emblem, this collection encompasses timepieces featuring harmoniously pleasing lines. The powerful design of the tonneau (barrel) shape sets a perfect stage for technical excellence."
    • Vacheron Constantin Christopher Colombus. Reference: 47070/000J-9085. Limited edition: 60 pieces.
    • MÉTIERS D'ART COLLECTION - "Celebrating decorative techniques applied in watchmaking and jewelry, the watches in the Métiers d'Art collection find their inspiration in art, history, and culture. Enhanced by the Manufacture's master craftsmen, these genuine works of art demonstrate a creativity that is open to the world and know-how that has been passed down from generation to generation."
    • Vacheron Constantin Kalla Duchesse. Reference: 81750/S01G-9198.
    • MÉTIERS D'ART Kalla Duchesse - reference: 81750/S01G-9198. Kalla Duchesse Métiers d'Art watch 36 × 45 mm in 18K white gold set with 837 baguette-cut diamonds and 1 round-cut diamond, certified Hallmark of Geneva. Fully paved dial and bracelet, diamond-set crown. Vacheron Constantin Manufacture hand-wound mechanical movement 1400.
    • Vacheron Constantin Overseas perpetual calendar ultra-thin: €110,000.
    • OVERSEAS COLLECTION - "The Overseas collection, reinvented in 2016, conveys the spirit of travel. This openness to the world, inherited from François Constantin, has remained at the core of the Maison’s philosophy ever since its founding. Designed in a spirit of casual elegance and comfort enhanced by their interchangeable strap/bracelet system, Overseas timepieces are the perfect daily companions."
    • Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle openworked perpetual calendar. Reference: 43172/000R-9241.
    • PATRIMONY - "Circular perfection, a quest for essentials: the Patrimony collection is the epitome of stylistic pureness. Reflecting a deliberately minimalist approach striking a beautiful balance between taut lines and curves, it asserts its personality through slender cases radiating an elegance inspired by 1950s Vacheron Constantin models."
    • Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch. Reference: 82028/000R-9708.
    • Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch - "Vacheron Constantin revisits its past and the golden age of the pocket-watch by presenting a model with a pure, classic and timeless design, bearing the prestigious Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva). Making no concessions to the current vintage craze, this pocket watch sets the tone of authentic contemporary dandyism. This distinctive attitude is admirably embodied in the refined gesture of taking out of one’s pocket a supremely understated and sensually curved model, equipped with the Manufacture-made hand-wound 4440 movement - and housed inside a brown leather pouch sliding along a leather cord strap or fitted on an original chain with pink gold links. 21st century elegance is no longer just about showing one’s hand, but also about choosing (or not) to reveal hidden depths. Enshrining a new form of modernity, the pocket watch is propelled to the ranks of a beautiful, iconic object. Attached to a pocket, worn on a chain or placed on a desk like a table clock... It is all about a wish to look at time differently rather than simply wearing it on the wrist."
    • Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile 4500S/000A-B364 - Blue dial Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece.
    • QUAI DE L'ILE COLLECTION - "The name of this collection stems from the historical site of Vacheron Constantin. Located at the heart of Geneva, this crossing place between the left and right banks of the Rhone - home to the famous 19th century master cabinotiers - has been transformed into a bustling urban hub. The latest newcomer to the Quai de l’Ile collection, a contemporary expression of horological traditions, is a stainless steel model in which blue makes a noteworthy entrance on the dial punctuated by luminescent indications, as well as on the leather and rubber straps."
    • Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Grandes Complications.
    • Traditionnelle COLLECTION - "The Traditionnelle collection is the supreme expression of the most demanding Geneva Haute Horlogerie traditions inherited from the 18th century. Imbued with history and a sense of rigorous discipline, Traditionnelle timepieces showcase technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics. From the simplest to the most complicated, these models pay tribute to craftsmanship and know-how passed on from generation to generation."
  • VAKIO - by Issey Miyake.
  • VALBRAY
  • Valentino Seduction Rose.
  • VALENTINO TIMELESS
  • VALIMA
  • VALJOUX - Swiss manufacturer of mechanical watch movements. It is known primarily for chronograph ébauche movements that are used in a number of mid- to high-range mechanical watches: The company has been a part of ETA for a number of years and is a member of the Swatch Group.
  • Van Cleef & Arpels' Lady Arpels Papillon Automate.
  • VAN CLEEF & ARPELS - founded in 1906.
  • VAN DER BAUWEDE
  • VAN ESSER
  • VAN REE - "Personal DNA Watch." The first watch ever to store the DNA of its owner.
  • VANNEN - limited edition artist watches.
  • VASTO
  • VCXO OX 'One' Pink Gold - Limited Edition (25 pieces): 40,000 CHF.
  • VCXO
  • YouTube: Vector Luna smartwatch hands on.
  • Vector Luna - "The smartwatch with a 30-day battery life."
  • VENI VIDI VICI
  • VENTURA
  • Verdura Bracelet Watch: US$28,500.
  • VERDURA - since 1939. Bracelet watches.
  • VERGO AVIUS
  • Versace Silver V-Metal Icon 46MM men's watch: US$1,695.
  • VERSACE - men's.
  • Versace White and Gold DV-25 women's watch: US$1,995.
  • VERSACE - women's.
  • Versus by Versace
  • VESTAL WATCHES - founded in 1997.
  • VETTA WATCHES - since 1932.
  • VIANNEY HALTER
  • Viceroy - founded in Switzerland in 1951.
  • VICENTERRA
  • Victorinox Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition.
  • VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY - all collections.
  • VIGNELLI
  • Vilam - women's.
  • VILLEMONT
  • Vince Camuto Executive Watch: US$425.
  • Vince Camuto - men's & women's.
  • VINCENT BÉRARD
  • VINCENT CALABRESE
  • VIP TIME
  • VITTORIUM
  • VIVIENNE WESTWOOD - men's.
  • Vivienne Westwood Hampton women's watch: €335.
  • VIVIENNE WESTWOOD - women's.
  • VIXA
  • VOGARD - "The Time of Your World."
  • VOILÀ
  • VOLNA
  • VON DUTCH
  • VOSTOK WATCHES - founded in 1942. Russian military watches sold from Switzerland. Manufactured in Russia’s only watch factory Chistopol Watch Factory.
  • VOUTILAINEN
  • VUILLEMIN RÉGNIER - since 1920.
  • Vulcain Anniversary Heart Gold.
  • VULCAIN - founded in 1858.
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