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In 1755, the young watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron founded his first watch studio in the center of Geneva, Switzerland. Constantly develop watch technology. In 1819, experienced businessman Francois Constantin cooperated with the descendants of Jean-Marc Vacheron to form Vacheron Constantin. Vacheron Constantin
With an annual output of 19,000 watches, Vacheron Constantin was dubbed ‘luxury to the bone’, and the ‘Maltese Cross’ washed out in 257 years still shines. The world has wonderful words and is unable to capture the traces of time. Vacheron Constantin engraved it into a work of nobility.
200 years ago, craftsmen in the attic of Geneva created enamel pocket watches, which traveled across the sea and delivered to the Chinese emperor. 200 years later, wealthy people in China have the symbol of taste.
The Qing Dynasty royal family customized the Vacheron Constantin enamel watch twice
In 1755, when Jean-Marc Vacheron founded the Vacheron Constantin brand in Geneva, Switzerland, China was experiencing the Manchu dynasty in the far east. The emperor in power at that time was Qianlong. Like his grandfather Kangxi, he was also an avid watchmaker. A collection of many clocks and watches imported from the West. Since the old time system of twelve-hour system was still used in China at that time, Western clocks were not suitable for calculating Chinese calendar time. Therefore, members of the royal family only regarded clocks as strange and interesting things and would carry some with them. Pocket watches for fun.
In 1845, a commercial cooperation between Vacheron Constantin and the Chinese market was first recorded in history. At that time, Vacheron Constantin shipped a batch of sample watches to China, but at that time there was no watch market in China. After receiving this news, Vacheron Constantin did not postpone its plans to expand the huge Chinese market. Instead, it still maintains business relations with China and imports some high-quality clocks into China.
In 1846, during the Emperor Daoguang, although the Opium War broke out on Chinese soil, the luxurious Qing Dynasty royal family still ordered enamel pocket watches from Vacheron Constantin. One of them was a gold watch set with natural pearls. The excellent enamel paintings showed two The scene of a white dove in a variety of colorful flowers is memorable. In 1862, the eighth emperor of the Qing Dynasty—Tongzhi ascended the throne. Three years later, the royal family of the Qing Dynasty once again ordered a blue enamel pocket watch with diamonds from Vacheron Constantin. At this time, the company of Vacheron Constantin had developed for 110 years.
The staff of the Qujiang Constanton China Representative Office told the Financial Weekly reporter that in the early archive records of Vacheron Constantin Watch Factory, many orders for products from China were kept. In addition to the timepiece, perpetual calendar and enamel watches, there are also jewellery watches inlaid with pearls and rubies on the outer ring, spring palace watches, and various ‘shaped’ watches that mimic the shapes of insects and fruits. Chinese elements sweeping
高 European high table in the 1920s
In the 1920s, with the popularity of Art Deco style, Vacheron Constantin also took a lot of inspiration from Chinese traditional culture and launched a series of wonderful works related to China.
”Hivan-Tsang’ is a wise man in China. It is said that when he goes out, there are always two monkeys accompanying him, one on his shoulder and the other holding his feet,’ said the staff member. A table clock from Vacheron Constantin was designed with this theme in mind, with a transaction price of 160,250 Swiss francs, which appeared in 1925. The black onyx material forms the bell case. The shape of Hivan-Tsang is made of red coral material. The bell case and the base are also inlaid with red corals of different sizes, and they are dotted with crystal clear diamonds. The time display part is Covered by an open door, when opened, a clock dial made of mother-of-pearl material appears, and the hands and scales are decorated with engraving enamel.
When you see a table clock time dial launched by Vacheron Constantin in 1926, you may first think of the story of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This is a timer that is completely characteristic of Chinese culture. The base made of jadeite is a red oval. Container, open the arc door of this container, three ancient warriors will appear, and they will fight with different weapons. These figures, including the background behind, are all made of silk enamel, and the scale is selected in Chinese tradition. Hours-‘Zi, Ugly, Yin, Ji …’ Ancient Chinese culture became an important element of Vacheron Constantin’s art clocks during this period.
的 The snuff bottle shaped table clock made in 1929 can also be seen at a price of 41,400 Swiss francs. In the Qing Dynasty, snuff bottles were developed into a kind of art for viewing, among them are made of different materials, and there are varieties of decorative crafts. Vacheron Constantin has never used snuff bottles as the appearance of clocks. On the one hand, it is decorated with onyx, lapis lazuli and other materials in combination with the carving process (the snuff bottle has the pattern of a Chinese woman holding a lotus in hand), and on the other hand, it uses a rotating hour number. Shows time.
Hong Kong and Macau return to special watch ultra-limited
In 1997, a ‘Mercator’ watch with a map of China was launched. It was specially made to commemorate the return of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. The dial shows the regions of many provinces with silk enamel. The ancient galleon cruises in the waters of Hong Kong, reminiscent of Hong Kong as a port in the 19th century. Another watch commemorating the return of Hong Kong to China (limited to 97 pieces in 18K pink gold), the hour scale is marked on the dial with ‘one, two, three, four …’, and a horizontal Chinese character is ‘一July 1, 1997 ‘.
澳门 Macau returned to China in 1999. Vacheron Constantin also specially produced a commemorative watch, and its most striking is still its dial-an enamel dial painted with the geographical location of Macau.
9On September 19, 2004, Vacheron Constantin participated in the ‘Watch Miracle’ exhibition organized by Richemont Group in the Beijing Temple of the Forbidden City. Once a temple for the ancestors of the Qing dynasty, Aixinjueluo Xun Ren was specially invited to write the words ‘miracles of watches and clocks’, which is the younger brother of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. Former CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Mr. Claude-Daniel Proellochs presented a ‘Patrimony’ ultra-thin mechanical watch with the Geneva quality mark to him. Gao Jiang Shi Constantin’s high order-special attic craftsman workshop
Luxury itself focuses on the concept of ‘a small amount, rare’, and even some are ‘solitary’. Many international first-tier luxury brands have begun to see the growth in sales of luxury goods in China in recent years, and have launched couture in China, and customization seems to have become an indispensable means for luxury brand management. Vacheron Constantin also worked hard on advanced customization, and even gave Gao Ding a proper term—attic craftsman workshop.
The origin of his name is because in the early stage of the development of the watch industry, watchmakers made watches in the attic, hence the name. Because Vacheron Constantin strictly keeps the orders of specially customized guests confidential, this undoubtedly casts a layer of mystery on these specially customized products. Although the customer information cannot be disclosed, the appearance and configuration of the watch are still well documented.
The case is made of 18K 5N pink gold with a diameter of 47.00 millimeters. The Chinese zodiac image is carved by hand around the case. The dial is made of 18K white gold, hand-engraved with white lacquered minute scale. The dial has eight 18K pink gold hour scales The strap is a hand-stitched dark brown square Mississippi crocodile leather strap, and the buckle is an 18K 5N pink gold buckle.
In fact, according to the 12 zodiac patterns on the side, everyone can make a bold guess. The person who customized this watch must be a Chinese watch lover. And its price may not be called sky-high price, but this feeling is quite interesting.
In 1912, Vacheron Constantin commemorates the 100th anniversary. Vacheron Constantin is equipped with a rare precious metal PT950 platinum case, which is displayed on a very small area of ​​36.7 × 47.6 mm. The high-quality materials and the new design of the barrel-shaped watch create a limited edition of 100 pieces. Malte Malta. The bottom case of each watch is individually numbered and features a dark blue Mississippi crocodile leather strap and a 950 platinum Maltese cross design buckle. Precious ‘Geneva Quality Mark’
We have no idea how many years it took a watchmaker 200 years ago to complete a watch, but now Vacheron Constantin has its own production line. Vacheron Constantin divides the craftsmanship of the watch into very detailed, each watchmaker only tackles one content, grinding and engraving are carried out by a person in charge, and even the selection of the dial and case material has a corresponding person in charge. The Financial Weekly reporter learned that only certain precious custom models can be handed over by a person or a small team, which is also the value of expensive high-end watches.
The precious “Geneva Quality Seal” is a standard of excellence derived from the tradition of fine watchmaking. First of all, its movement assembly, adjustment and casing are carried out in the Canton of Geneva. Applicants must be registered with the Geneva State Trade Registration Association. And each movement and case must be individually numbered, so the output of this watch is very small. If you want to customize such a watch, I am afraid that it cannot be called a special attic workshop, but rather Bespoke watch customization. Such production is basically a single person or a team of several people to follow up and complete the entire watchmaking process. Just because of its labor costs, the price cannot be underestimated.