Vacheron Constantin honored by the 2009 UNESCO
Monday, December 14, 2009, Shanghai - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacture with more than 250 years of uninterrupted history, has been honored with an Award of Merit by the 2009 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation for the exceptional restoration of its Boutique in Shanghai - 796 Huai Hai Lu.
The Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Shanghai staged its Grand Opening in October 2008 to promote the Brand’s centuries-old tradition of the Maison Vacheron Constantin through its architecture, antique clocks, watch collections and themed exhibitions, portraying the true significance of time, while revealing the important aesthetic contribution of art has given time.
Dating back to the 1920s, the neo-classical twin villas at 796 Huai Hai Lu, were built by comprador Mr. Jiang Bing Sheng. The first villa, on the east side, was built in 1921, and its twin on the west in 1927. During the renovation process, little has changed about the elegant garden houses: they have been lovingly restored with great attention to detail, right down to the original staircase and stained-glass windows, reviving its sumptuous architectural heritage. Mr. Filippo Gabbiani and Mr. Andrea Destefanis, chief architects of Kokaistudios, have successfully injected life and soul into these buildings again.