“Do better if possible, and that is always possible”
The words spoken by Francois Constantin in 1819 when the company were in the height of intertwining their traditions in quintessential watchmaking with innovative materials and advanced research. Since then Vacheron Constantin has always dedicated volumes of skill, know-how and expertise into creating their exceptional timepieces. With over 260 years of experience behind them, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watch manufacturers on the planet. The company was founded in 1755 and has been handing the secrets to their success down from one generation to another ever since. Human hands are behind the making of every elegant Vacheron Constantin watch, and if you haven’t yet been fully introduced to their ever-evolving universe of sophisticated timepieces, here’s a simple run-down of some of their most popular collections, as well as an explanation into how these watchmakers have become one of the most loved and trusted in the entire world.
Vacheron Constantin are certainly up there with the big three names in the watchmaking industry. They sit alongside the likes of Audemars Piguet and Patek Phillipe – manufacturers that are known for remaining faithful to traditional watchmaking whilst creating some of the most stylish timepieces in the entire world. Some of the complications that Vacheron Constantin refined were the split-second chronograph, the minute repeater and the moonphase display, amongst many others. The Patrimony collection is home to the most sought-after Vacheron Constantin wristwatches. Completed in either two or three handed dial designs, these timepieces are classic and down-to-earth. Some of the watches from this collection feature ultra-flat case constructions, diamond studded women’s watches and perpetual calendars that assist with keeping track of a busy on-the-go schedule.
Prices for the Patrimony watch by Vacheron Constantin vary from £17,000 for the classic three-handed dial designs to the more complex and technically refined timepieces that come in at £71,500, like the Vacheron Constantin 41mm Patrimony Perpetual Calendar. Theall bells and all whistles design comes with all the trimmings like delicate 18ct rose gold hands and indexes that match the case, crafted from the finest rose gold metal, and a dramatic blue dial. If you are looking for a Vacheron Constantin watch that provides you with everything for its premium price, this watch is certainly the one to go for. The watch features a trio of dials placed at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock featuring day, month and date respectively. Aside from the beautifully decorated moonphase at 6 o’clock, the watch also features a leap year indicator nestled inside the 12 o’clock counter.
You won’t get a more reliable and beautifully composed in-house developed movement than Vacheron’s Self-winding caliber 1120 QP movement, equipped with 276 individual hand-assembled components. The movement is put on display through the back of the watch, where its superb performance can be admired as and whenever you wish.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection is another popular choice for collectors who like to combine travel with style. The reliable timepieces were reinvented with a new redefining casual elegant feel in 2016, where they went on to boast an interchangeable strap/bracelet system for allowing the wearer to change-up the look of the watch quickly and easily. This innovative feature will enable you to travel in comfort with the likes of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch on a supple leather strap, and finish off with a business meeting on the other side of the world, with the watch dressed to the wrist on a stainless steel bracelet.
Whilst Vacheron Constantin Overseas watches like the automatic 41mm black dial and steel bracelet model will cost you around £18,000, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon watch from our collection priced at £102,000.00 is an exceptionally special timepieces. It features a cut-out window on its alluring blue dial – a slice of technical beauty to admire whilst simultaneously referencing the time. The openwork dial features a circular viewing window that exposes the tourbillon in the form of a small seconds feature at 6 o’clock, along with elegantly crafted hour batons and luminous coated central hands. The watch is powered by the impeccable calibre 2160, capable of providing an 80 hour power reserve and a performance of 18,000 vibrations per hour.
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle collection, as its namesake suggests. Is a family of elegant dress watches that look classic and traditional no matter what attire they are paired with. Popular for retired gentlemen, businessmen and ladies looking for a striking diamond-embellished watch to wear to all those special occasions in life, the collection is loved for the way on which it pays tribute to Genevan haute horology. The Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle 38mm platinum watch from our collection here at Owen & Robinson, is an ideal choice for you if you like the simplicity of a two handed design. A small seconds dial is provided at the 6 o’clock locations, donating more space and clarity to simple timekeeping though just the minute and hour hands on the main dial. The watch is completed on a classic black leather strap to ensure it will blend easily with suits, casual jeans and shirts, and relaxed holiday attire.
Lastly, our collection is also home to Vacheron Constantin Historiques watches with their various shaped dials including softened square shaped cases, rectangular-shaped cases and the classic round profile. Vacheron Constant demonstrate a broad use of their finest materials in this collection, boasting models developed form the finest 18ct rose gold, platinum and stainless steel. The 45mm Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 model costs £41, 300 and for that you get a super robust, scratch resistant and corrosion resistant case made from platinum which houses the impeccable 4400 SA calibre inside. The movement is a manual winding engine that enables you to take the time out of every day to connect with the timepiece, winding it up to power the elegant blued steel hands around its sumptuous silver dial.
So whether it’s a classic three-handed dial, a complex perpetual calendar or a travelling companion equipped with a cut-out window exposing a unique Vacheron Constantin tourbillon at its centre, our collection of watches from this unique manufacturer offers everything from the complex and technical to the glamorous sparkling statement piece.