Vacheron Constantin was very proud to be taking part in the exhibition "Artigianato e Palazzo" ("Craftsmanship and Palace") which has been held in Florence from 13 to 15 May 2005. The association could not be a happier one, linking the name of the oldest watch manufacture in the world, which this year is celebrating 250 years of existence, and the city of art which is celebrated as one of the centres of international cultural life.
From its origins, Vacheron Constantin has cultivated and preserved a heritage of values in which the tradition of arts applied to high-quality watchmaking is certainly among those most represented. The history of the maker is expressed in its unceasing technical and aesthetic research, encouraging the use of the most sophisticated artistic techniques.
Vacheron Constantin presented in Florence four artistic techniques which belong to the Maison's DNA. The 4500 visitors discovered in the Vacheron Constantin exhibition area craftsmen specialized in enamelling, engraving, dial guilloché and Haute Horlogerie.
The various techniques, in particular the rarest and most difficult, are an integral part of the life of this manufacture. Their preservation today is an absolute priority for Vacheron Constantin, because their disappearance would involve an incalculable loss of experience and knowledge.
Captions: Claude-Daniel Proellochs - CEO Vacheron Constantin, the Prince Emmanuel-Philibert de Savoie and the Princess Clotilde