Jean-Marc Vacheron built not only a reliable watch company but also a legacy. His son and grandson inherited the Swiss workshop and made Vacheron Constantin the preferred watchmaker to kings and the military. For years craftsmen have perfected complications like the tourbillon and world time to show-stopping results.
Today, Vacheron Constantin holds the honor as the longest continuously manufacturing watchmaker in the world. Celebrate this legacy with models like the classic Patrimony or dazzling Malte. By choosing a watch by Vacheron Constantin, the wearer is guaranteed to stand out as a member of an elite group.
The Vacheron Constantin legacy began in 1755 when 24-year-old master watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron founded his company. The workshop was run solely by the family until 1817 when French businessman Francois Constantin brought expansion ideas to the Vacherons, and the watchmaker took on both family names.
The partnership prospered, and soon the Maltese Cross logo of Vacheron Constantin watches became a recognizable symbol of superior quality. The watchmaker remained open throughout the French Revolution and both World Wars. The brand remained a favorite of princes and kings, while also expanding into new markets in the United States and South America. To this day, Vacheron Constantin holds the honor of the oldest continuous manufacturer of watches in the world.
In 1790, Vacheron Constantin introduced some of its first complications, functions which exist outside of simply telling the time on a watch. Today’s watches exemplify Vacheron Constantin’s skill at producing perpetual calendars, moon phase displays, and the gravity-defying tourbillon.
The company also holds the honor of creating the most complicated watch ever made. The Reference 57260 is a custom watch that took eight years to build and employed fifty-seven complications, many of which were invented just for this timepiece.
Over the years, Vacheron Constantin also developed a new way of displaying numbers, and the world’s thinnest minute repeater. The Patrimony series benefited from advances in thinner watches. Its classic, round 1950s style creates a minimalist timepiece with an emphasis on slender design and outstanding reliability. The Fiftysix series is another appealing option with mid-century roots. Recently updated with a stunning blue face, the series is both cosmopolitan and relaxed and available with or without complications, such as a perpetual calendar.
In 1907 Vacheron Constantin developed the tough and reliable Royal Chronometer for global adventurers who needed versatile timepieces that could withstand climate fluctuations. Then, in the First World War, the United States ordered custom pocket watches for its expeditionary forces and Vacheron Constantin produced rugged chronographs to military standards. The commitment to travelers continues in the world time complication, available in the Traditionnelle, Patrimony, and Overseas series.
In 1912, Vacheron Constantin launched the elongated Tonneau barrel shape for those looking beyond the traditional round case in favor of something more avant-garde. In 1922, Vacheron Constantin once again deviated from the conventional, creating a cushion case with a face positioned at a slight angle. This whimsical style has been expertly re-created in today's Historiques series and Malte series, which embody Vacheron Constantin's identity as a trendsetting watchmaker.