Vacheron Constantin Delves Into The Archives

Two exhibitions in two London locations will delight collectors and horological historians.

Two exhibitions by Vacheron Constantin, one of the oldest watch manufactures to be in continuous production (they’ve been operating more than 265 years) and a much exalted master of horological grand complications, is set to delight both buyers and browsers alike. Both will take place at the brand’s 37 Old Bond Street and Harrods boutiques.

Selected watches drawn from the Vacheron Constantin private collection on display from today until November 23rd will showcase emblematic precision and sports timepieces, curated from the Vacheron Constantin private collection, including chronographs created for scientists and sportsmen and women from the 1930s onwards.

Highlights will include a silver pocket chronometer from 1944, created to meet the requirements of scientists, explorers and astronomical observatories; a “Chronomètre Royal” a self-winding piece introduced in 1975 and produced until 1977, which was a milestone in the move towards sportier models (integrated metal bracelets and all); and the “222” – a yellow gold watch with integrated bracelet from 1981, created by young designer Jörg Hysek to celebrate the brand’s 222nd anniversary and noted for details such as its monobloc case, and porthole-type protective bezel screwed directly to the caseback and the Maltese cross stamped on the case middle.

Meanwhile “Les Collectionneurs” exhibition (12th October–5th November) has drawn a representative selection of vintage watches spanning the entire 20th century, curated by Vacheron Constantin’s experts, then restored and delivered with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.

Highlights will include an 18K yellow gold 30 mm-diameter men’s watch named ‘Jubilee’ in reference to the 150th birthday the maison celebrated in 1935; an 18K yellow gold triple calendar and moon phases gentleman’s wristwatch from 1949; and an 18K yellow gold jumping hours watch from 1995 “Chronoscope” which utilised Robert Cart’s patented movement of the late 1920s.

“Les Collectionneurs represents another facet of Vacheron Constantin,” comments Christian Selmoni, the manufacture’s Style & Heritage Director. “The collection perpetuates this precious link between past and present, enabling our clientele of connoisseurs and collectors to acquire restored vintage pieces directly through the maison. As for the events organised around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and young generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history.”