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Vacheron Constantin: Technically Impressive and Aesthetically Stunning
The world’s oldest continuously operating watch manufacturer, Maison Vacheron Constantin is renowned for its luxury timepieces with a timeless aesthetic. Flawless and precise, this brand’s philosophy is to design timepieces as technically impressive as they are aesthetically stunning.
For more than 260 years, each timepiece from this brand embodies unparalleled excellence. This is why Vacheron Constantin is one of the “Big Three” Swiss watch brands, alongside Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet.
This brand also produced history’s most complex pocket watch in the world, the double-dialed VC 57260 with an outstanding 57 complications.
The brand’s numerous collections range from the classic outline of the Patrimony collection to the impressive, complicated intricacies of the Traditionnelle. The Patrimony collection has some of Vacheron Constantin’s most successful sought-after timepieces.
Focusing on producing a limited number of pieces, this brand provides the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. In fact, only a few models can proudly claim to be a part of the exclusive club of the Belle Haute Horlogerie.
At Vacheron Constantin, concern for intricate details combined with perfect technique and stunning aesthetics help create elegant timepieces for which it is renowned.
History of Vacheron Constantin Watches
Founded in Geneva in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin has since produced watches to the highest standards. Today, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, which has been continuously producing since then.
In 1819, Jean-Marc Vacheron’s grandson, Jacques-Barthélémi, brought François Constantin on board. Together, they built the foundation for Vacheron Constantin’s continued international success. Since then, the company was renamed Vacheron & Constantin.
In 1839, Gorges-Auguste Leshot, a Genevan watchmaker became the company’s technical director. He was also the first to introduce mass production of watch components in the mid-19th century. This process greatly improved the quality and accuracy of pocket watches.
In 1880, the Maltese cross was registered at the Swiss Federal institution of Intellectual Property in Berne, as a logo by Vacheron Constantin.
In 1889, the company produced its first ladies’ wristwatch. In 1901, Vacheron & Constantin received the Geneva Hall Mark.
How Much Does a Pre-Owned Vacheron Constantin Watch Cost?
Vacheron Constantin is one of the “Big Three” Swiss watch brands. It’s not surprising for their luxury timepieces to have high prices. Pre-owned Vacheron Constantin typically costs between S$15,913 to S$228,927.
Watches with grand complications, such as perpetual complete calendar, minute repeater, and tourbillon will be much more expensive. For instance, a rose gold Patrimony Perpetual Calendar will cost you around S$77,957 on the private sales market.
One of the brand’s popular collections, the Overseas Tourbillon will set you back around S$188,131 onwards on the private sales market.
If you’re looking for an entry-level collection, you may want to look into the Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Self-Winding in stainless steel which costs around S$17,582.
What Are the Best Vacheron Constantin Watch Models?
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony: This collection embodies simple elegance boasting a round case and reserved dial design. This collection is a repository of Vacheron’s mid-20th century minimalist dress watch sensibilities. One of the most popular models is the Patrimony Grand Taille Manual 40mm with 18-carat rose gold casing and brown alligator skin strap.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas: If you’re looking for luxury sports watches, you will never go wrong with the Overseas collection. Its designs draw inspiration from the looks of the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. This collection features a hexagonal bezel that was inspired by the Maltese cross and the resemblance to a porthole.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle: Where the Patrimony embodies simplicity and elegance, the traditionnelle collection combines aesthetic appeal and mechanical complexity. This collection honors Genevan “haute horlogerie”. The current line has 50 watches, ranging from diamond studded ultra-thins with mother of pearl dials to the brand’s 43mm platinum perpetual calendar chronograph.
Are Pre-Owned Vacheron Constantin Watches a Good Investment?
Yes, Vacheron Constantin watches are a good investment because they hold value. In fact, some of these watches increase in value over time. For instance, the Overseas collection prices have increased 22.2% over the past 180 days.
Take for example the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph stainless steel 5500V/110A-B148. Its estimated pre-owned market price is S$48,433 in the private sales market. Its retail price back in September 2021 was around S$32,400.
That said, buying a pre-owned Vacheron Constantin today may turn into a valuable investment in the years to come.