Vacheron Constantin (VC) is a Swiss watch brand that specializes in making very expensive and fully handmade watches. The watches are powered by very complicated movements containing advanced special options and they are often produced in limited edition.
Vacheron Constantin was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, making it one, if not the oldest watch brand on earth. In 1819 the collaboration with François Constantin began, on which the watchmaker got the name Vacheron & Constantin. But in 1970, the ‘&’ disappeared, so the brand would be called ‘Vacheron Constantin’. In that same year, Vacheron Constantin made a ladies watch that was wrapped in 144 diamonds. This watch, called the “Kallista”, was sold in 1996 at an auction for 5 million dollars.
In 1880 they began using the symbol of the Maltese cross, getting a patent on it in 1890. The logo is still used today and some people are curious about its meaning. Well, it was actually inspired by a component of the watch barrel, which had a cross-shape, designed for governing the tension in the mainspring.
In 2005, Vacheron Constantin launched a very special watch under the name ‘Tour de l'Ile’ in honor of their 250th anniversary. With its 16 complications, this watch is the most complicated watch ever made. The clock consists of 834 parts and required 10,000 hours of research and development. This extraordinary timepiece is limited to seven pieces and all have a different finish. The ‘Tour de L’Ile’ is only sold by VC itself in Switzerland. Today, Vacheron Constantin is part of the Richemont group.
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