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Do you want to sell your Vacheron Constantin watch at the best price? At Ancienne, we are experts with more than 25 years of experience in the appraisal, consignment and purchase of luxury watches.

 

We offer to sell your Vacheron Constantin in a fast, simple, discreet and secure process. Get the best possible return on your watch by avoiding unnecessary devaluations and intermediaries.

 

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    About Vacheron Constantin

    In 1731, Jean-Marc Vacheron was born in Geneva, a descendant of French Protestant immigrants who fled their home country after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. According to city regulations, being the son of immigrants, Jean-Marc Vacheron did not enjoy the full rights of a Geneva citizen. This fact clearly boosted the origin of a global artisan tradition and a specialization in the world of watchmaking during the second half of the 16th century.

     

    In 1755, with only 24 years, Jean-Marc Vacheron opened his own watchmaking workshop with three of his brothers: Jean, who made the boxes, Jean-Etienne, who made tools and Antoine who assembled the boxes. In 1785, after thirty years of work, Jean-Marc Vacheron decided to entrust the responsibility of his company to his son Abraham, who was already an expert in the trade. During the next half century, the main technical innovations were made in the world of watchmaking, giving rise to what we could call the “golden stage of Swiss watchmaking”.

     

    The real qualitative leap in manufacturing came a few years later, starting in 1810, when Jaques-Barthélemy Vacheron, grandson of the founder, took over the company. He was responsible for Vacheron’s first exports to France and Italy, given the need to expand the brand beyond the European continent, Jaques-Berthélemy decided to partner in 1819 with the businessman François Constantin. From that moment, the company was renamed Vacheron & Constantin watches. Constantin’s entry into the company boosted international business and contributed to one of the company’s most representative slogans: “Faire mieux if possible ce qui est toujours possible” (do better if possible, and always possible). Another crucial moment in the company’s history was the incorporation in 1839 of George-Auguste Leschot as a production engineer. Leschot revolutionized production techniques by developing several tools that significantly facilitated the production of watches, as well as the improvement and reduction of global production costs.

     

    This fact boosted the company even more, than at that time, it already enjoyed considerable prestige. In 1877 the name of the company was formalized as “Vacheron & Constantin, Fabricants, Genève” and three years later, the Maltese cross was adapted as an emblem. The design is based on one of the kite pieces. In 1906, the first Vacheron & Constantin watches boutique opened in Quai de l’Ile, right in the center of Geneva. A few years later, the company suffered a tough stage of crisis caused by the Great Depression, which resulted in a significant reduction in sales. In 1936, Charles Constantin took over the business management and in 1938 Georges Ketterer enters the board of directors.

     

    Two years later, he assumed control and direction of the company. Overcome the crisis and the Second Great War, the company was gradually climbing thanks to important commissions from different personalities and royal houses. In 1946, Vacheron Constantin created one of the most complex watches in its history, a pocket watch made at the request of King Faruq of Egypt that took five years to complete. The watch had 14 details, 820 components and 55 rubies. A technical feat at the time. During the 1950s, the iconic Swiss watchmaker launched innovative models that soon gave it more fame and prestige. In 1952, for example, the vintage watch brand Vacheron launched a new and successful wristwatch model characterized by its atypical shape and size. Known by collectors as “Cioccolatone”, it presented a rare, square and combated shape which gave it great elegance and distinction.

     

    In 1998 this model was reissued by the house and renamed “Toledo.” In 1954, the curious “Aronde” model (old French swallow) is characterized by a new aesthetic that combines the rectangular shape with pronounced curves. In 1955 the brand launched its wrist chronograph with tachymeter scale Ref. 6087 known as “Cornes De Vache” due to the shape of the legs of its case. Also in 1955, the brand released an ultra-flat wrist watch with 1003 caliber and manual winding movement. It was the flattest wrist watch in the world with only 1.64 mm thick. In 1969 Georges Ketterer died and his son Jacques took over from the company. It should be noted that in 1972 Vacheron received the prestigious “Diplôme du Prestige de la France” from the French Prime Minister François Xavier Ortoli, made relevant to the Geneva house, which commemorated the creation of a new asymmetric model with movement of Oval shaped. The elegant model “1972”., Equipped with a screwed bezel and an integrated bracelet that allowed the high resistance of this watch in adverse conditions. This model is considered as a precursor to the current “Overseas” model.

     

    In 1979 the “Kallista” was born, an extraordinary jewel watch, valued at five million dollars and with a weight in diamonds of more than 130 carats. After the death of Jacques Ketterer in 1987, the company passed to the collector and billionaire Arab Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani. It is during this period that the collections “Les Joailleries”, “Les Essentielles”, “Les Historiques” and “Les Complications” were manufactured.

     

    In 1996, Vacheron Constantin watches joined the Richemont group (owner of other prestigious watch brands) and in In 2005, it celebrated the fourth millennium of uninterrupted watchmaking, thus becoming the longest watchmaker in the world.From its origins, all watches created by Vacheron Constantin watches have a direct relationship with technique, aesthetics and finish. Each and every one of their pieces was and continues to be made by hand, a fact that allows them to continue innovating in terms of technique and creative process of each of their movements, so the world’s longest-running watch brand is a guarantee of quality and durability since its inception and has managed to preserve its seriousness and savoir faire throughout its history.

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