60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

January 2009

The concert venue, the “Aula Paolo VI”

Memorable evening with Vacheron Constantin at the Vatican’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Vacheron Constantin manufacture is extremely proud to have given its support to the concert organized at the Vatican to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The concert was conducted by a woman, a first at the Vatican. On 10 December 2008 in the Paul VI auditorium, Inma Shara conducted Frankfurt’s Brandenburg State Orchestra with the highly talented pianist Boris Berezovsky and thrilled the audience with a varied and moving musical program that covered works from Mozart to Ponchielli.

In front of an audience that included the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, the whole of the diplomatic corps, the entire Curia, the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Juan Somavia, and numerous political and business personalities, His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI warmly applauded the musicians and thanked Vacheron Constantin for its support.

After the concert, Vacheron Constantin held a celebratory dinner at the Brancaccio Palace. The guests included the musicians and the watch company’s loyal customers as well as Cornelio Sommaruga, former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who had been given an award by the Vatican for his long contribution to international peace.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin

Inma Shara directing the Brandenburgishes Staatsorchester Frankfurt

Inma Shara directing the Brandenburgishes Staatsorchester Frankfurt

Cornelio Sommaruga at the dinner organized by Vacheron Contantin after the concert

Cornelio Sommaruga at the dinner organized by Vacheron Contantin after the concert