Vacheron Constantin “Elegance in motion” exhibition

February 2016

Vacheron Constantin  “Elegance in motion” exhibition

The new Vacheron Constantin temporary exhibition offers a fascinating vision of travel. By revealing major aesthetic and technical developments through 57 watches from its private collection, it testifies to the constant concern of the Maison to create measuring instruments reflecting the needs of the most demanding travellers.

Located on the first floor of the historical building on the Quai de l’Ile in Geneva, the exhibition features timepieces selected from the more than 1,300 objects composing the Vacheron Constantin private museum collection. Their common denominator is their ability to guarantee a reliable reading of time despite the constraints of travel relating to conquering the world. 

The visit symbolically opens with François Constantin’s 1840 trunk and a marine chronometer symbolising navigating instruments. Retractable time and dual time: in the course of the 20th century, the displays as well as the mechanisms adapted to needs while offering a multitude of indications, as reflected by the 1918 Corps of Engineers USA pocket watch, with its luminescent-coated numerals and hands.

Protecting mechanisms against magnetism, humidity and dust has always represented a major challenge. In 1885, the Maison created a first model designed to resist magnetic disturbances. In 1895, it mentioned a first “hermetically sealed” stainless steel watch. In 1933, Vacheron Constantin developed a wristwatch guaranteeing resistance to both water and pressure, and which inspired the 222 and Overseas watches. Vacheron Constantin introduced the imposing aviator’s watch in 1903 that was strapped to a pilot’s thigh; as well as the distinctively styled Driver watches in 1939 that were worn on the side of the wrist to facilitate read-off by the wearer at the wheel. The “sports” watch truly emerged with the late 19th century boom in steel. Several iconic models featuring ratcheted bezels and metal bracelets illustrate this steady progress, such as the Chronomètre Royal presented in 1975 and the 222 released in 1977 to mark the 222nd anniversary of the Maison. 

The exhibition closes with the Overseas, which has become a reference model and of which Vacheron Constantin is introducing a new version in 2016, complete with a range of new calibers and a design radiating a casual elegance entirely in tune with the 21st century spirit of travel. 

More information about the 2016 Overseas collection 

“Elegance in motion” exhibition until April 29th 2016

Maison Vacheron Constantin, 7 Quai de l’Ile, 1204 Geneva

Visit by appointment only by calling 022.930.20.05

 

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“Elegance in motion” exhibition until April 29th 2016

“Elegance in motion” exhibition until April 29th 2016

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1916 : marine chronometer

1916 : marine chronometer

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1918 : Corps of Engineers USA pocket watch

1918 : Corps of Engineers USA pocket watch

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1939 : Driver Watch

1939 : Driver Watch 

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1996 : Birth of the Overseas Collection

1996 : Birth of the Overseas Collection