This sumptuous book brings to life the wealthy past and the landmark creations of probably the most world’s great watchmakers. Founded within the Swiss city of Geneva in 1755 by the gifted craftsman and businessman Jean-Marc Vacheron, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch manufacturer on this planet with an uninterrupted history. Its phenomenal rise to an international reputation of the highest standing in turn throws light at the global success of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition.
The book traces the principal milestones within the company’s history: its founding throughout the Age of Enlightenment; the successive generations of the Vacheron circle of relatives; the association in 1819 with François Constantin, who opened up the North American market to the company; the transformational relationship with the inventor Georges-Auguste Leschot; and the company’s subsequent international recognition and expansion. Through an array of glorious illustrations, it presents Vacheron Constantin’s historical collections, whilst highlighting the creations of the craftsmen who give a contribution to the technical excellence of its timepieces—the master-watchmakers—and the artisans who become them into genuine objets d’art—the master engravers, guillocheurs, jewelers and enamelers.