Specially created in 1939 for two Portuguese wholesalers, its classical lines and multiple complications have earned it iconic status. We look back at the story of a giant among watches.
Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces
Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part ten: magnetic escapements.
Between 2002 and 2011, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) singled out the year's best design. The winning timepieces are an eloquent reminder of the trends unfolding in a not-so-distant era.
Christoph Ransmayr's brilliant new novel transports us to eighteenth-century China. Emperor Quianlong, whose passion for the measurement of time borders on obsession, invites to his court the most celebrated clockmaker of the day – a melancholic Englishman who finds himself caught up in the impossible demands of this Lord of Ten Thousand Years.
As October reached an end, there was a buzz in the air in New York. Was it pre-Hallowe'en excitement? The mildness of the Indian summer? Or the sale of Paul Newman's actual Rolex Daytona, the ultimate grail watch? What do you think?
In L’Invention du Luxe*, his recently published (in French) history of the watch industry in Geneva from 1815 to the present day, Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part two: post-1945.
In L’Invention du Luxe*, recently published (in French), the historian Pierre-Yves Donzé relates two centuries of watchmaking history to show how Geneva became the world capital of luxury timepieces. Part one: pre-1945.
Recent releases from Vacheron Constantin salute some of the firm's historic timepieces, a way of highlighting a heritage which, in today's market, has become the sign of authentic watchmaking.