The independent watchmakers of Geneva were known as
"cabinotiers" during the 18th century. Unaffiliated with the more famous
watchmaking houses and Swiss clockmakers, these skilled artisans were free to try out
their own ideas and theories in the making of fine timepieces. Just such a young master
craftsman was Jean-Marc Vacheron, who opened his own workshop in 1755. Within a few years,
the talented watchmaker was turning out masterpieces that soon had Europe's connoisseurs
François Constantin would not join the firm until the 19th century, but when he did, he proceeded to open the European market outside of Geneva for the watchmaker's fine timepieces. Vacheron Constantin Watch adopted Constantin's personal motto "Do better if it is possible-and it is always possible." This drive towards excellence continues to characterize the firm's modus operandi. Setting horological standards, creating watches and chronographs that are prized by collectors, and surpassing the expectation of connoisseurs all over the world are the hallmarks of a Vacheron Constantin watch.
Vacheron Constantin watch creations include a distinguished collection of fine timepieces. The Royal Chronometer underwent 15 days of testing to earn its C.O.S.C. chronometer certification. Its elegant round shape is realized in 18k white gold with a sapphire crystal and solid gold crown. "Les Historiques" has a square case, also in 18k gold with a blue dial, guilloched at the center with Roman numeral hour markets. Some of the watchmaker's limited editions, such as the Perpetual Calendar Repeater with its many complications, or the simpler Minute Repeater, are elegant round watches with distinctive pear-shaped lugs.
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