Vacheron Constantin Wristwatches
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The oldest watch company in the world in 2005 with great pomp said 250-year anniversary of operations. Significant date initiated an anniversary collection, which includes a variety of models on the equipment. This clock with calendar functions "Jubile 1775", equipped with the new automatic movement (Calibre 2475) and produced to mark the symbolic circulation - 1755 copies. This model of Tour de Hie tourbillon, perpetual calendar, minute repeater, a variety of astronomical features - is today considered the most complicated watch in the world. And four dozen models of a series of Metiers d'Art with the amazing beauty of the dials, devoted to the seasons and decorated with enamel. In presenting these collector's items, Vacheron Constantin remarkably demonstrated their almost unlimited opportunities to create unique timepieces in the technical sense, and perfect in aesthetic terms.
For the fact that he - the son of a weaver, not only allowed to learn to be a watchmaker, but also to open his own workshop in Geneva, Jean-Marc Vacheron should thank the leaders of the guilds, in 1745, to soften their craft laws. And though J.-M. Vacheron was born in Geneva, his father was born in a suburb of that, according to the strict statutes, served as an insurmountable obstacle to obtaining a "noble" professions - is allowed only "native" citizens. Jean-M.Vasheron successfully seized the opportunity, and at age 24 became one of the youngest kabinote - the so-called independent hosts workshops, whose work space (cabinets) located in a well-lit attic of the building. And in 1755, a quarter millennium ago, watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron opened his own workshop.
In the Swiss watch industry still exists some kind of ancient guild of law, according to which the watch brand can call himself textiles only if he makes arrangements (or at least their most important details) for its timepieces. The company Vacheron Constantin, devoted in recent years, significant attention to the development of their production capacity, today, is able to produce almost all the parts needed to create their own arrangements. Thus, the old Genevan brand has remained one of the few true manufacturers of watches and as a special prize for the anniversary year has been granted the right to use the "Geneva Seal" on the dial of his watch.
Vacheron Constantin company pioneered the industrialization of the Swiss watch industry, which, however, did not save her from the common fate of many great brands affected by the industrialization itself. In the 1960s - 1970s, the traditional art of watchmaking could not counter the "soulless" quartz technology is nothing but archaic production methods. Nevertheless, the company and the watch mechanics is survived by the traditions, allowing you to create watches of the highest quality.
In 1998, Vacheron Constantin has bought a factory HDG mechanisms in Le Sentier, which develops and produces exclusive high-quality timepieces with the most modern technology. The first, which was designed and approved here - watch with manual winding (caliber 1400), introduced in April 2001. Today it made a significant part of Vacheron Constantin timepieces with automatic movement (Calibre 2475), among them the model included in the Jubilee collection. In 2004, completed the construction of the building of a new factory in Plan-les-Oates, which established an excellent working environment for engineers and watchmakers.