Vacheron Constantin: A Story in Motion

  1. Jeremy
  2. September 10, 2018 8:57 am

Vacheron Constantin: A Story in Motion

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A bridge between the past and future of the Maison, the Vacheron Constantin Heritage department has a place of its own within the Manufacture. Spanning an exceptional timeline that began in 1755, and overseeing a unique collection, it is anything but a dusty museum.

The inventory currently comprises around 1,500 timepieces dating from the 18th century to the present day, 800 machine tools, numerous items of furniture, paintings, watchmaking workbenches, and tools, as well as an impressive set of printed, iconographic and audiovisual archive collections.

No less than 420 linear metres are taken up by an infinite wealth of production and accounting registers comprising foreign sales, correspondence between associates, suppliers and clients, various documents and photographs. All contribute to shedding both historical and artistic light on Vacheron Constantin’s activity through the years and centuries. They represent a sum of written instruments serving to ensure the traceability of a creation since its origins, given that all the models produced are systematically referenced in the production registers.

The history of Vacheron Constantin thus continues to unfold, steadily enriched in step with research & discoveries. As Christian Selmoni, Style and Heritage Director, loves to say: “the most important factor doubtless lies in the team members’ ability to highlight – or bring to light – the timepieces and stories constituting the inherent wealth of Vacheron Constantin”. The guardians of this sacred temple work like detectives in gathering the pieces of evidence that will re-establish or argue in favour of such or such a period.

There are tracks that lead to other tracks, in turn confirming, refuting, complementing and shifting the parameters. A gigantic treasure hunt in and around an over 260-year-old playground that never runs out of hidden corners to explore. There are so many more registers, boxes and letters to be opened and read. “In our current state of knowledge, we are at this stage…”: the expression used by the Heritage teams is a victory over the past and a promise for the future.

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