Watchmaking perfection by Vacheron Constantin Featured

The luxury marque has been the proud holder of the Hallmark of Geneva for over a century.
by 06 October 2009

Haute Horology is a world apart where the Hallmark of Geneva indicates the very height of perfection in watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin was first awarded this Hallmark in 1909- one of the very few manufacturers with the stamp of approval – and has maintained it for exactly one hundred years. Luxos takes a look at the brand’s continuous commitment to this century-long honour.

To obtain the Hallmark of Geneva, a watch movement must meet 12 criteria. Not only does it have to be assembled and regulated in the Canton of Geneva, it also has to meet technical and aesthetic obligations. Details down to the screws, ruby jewels, balance springs, escapement wheels and other components of the movement must meet highly demanding criteria, requiring a number of manual operations in the purest tradition of watchmaking.

Vacheron Constantin was founded over 250 years ago. The Patrimony Collection reflects the heritage and savoir-faire they have accumulated over the years. It goes above and beyond the Hallmark of Geneva with its superb design and exquisite craftsmanship.

The Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph and Perpetual Calendar Chronograph both have the 1141 calibre, manual-winding mechanical column-wheel chronograph movement considered among the most beautiful in the world. The movement has a 48-hour power reserve, while the perpetual calendar also indicates the days of the week, month and leap years, as well as the astronomical phases of the moon at the 6 o’clock position.

A tribute to timepieces made around the 1930’s and 1950’s, the Patrimony Traditionnelle manual-winding contains the 4400 calibre, with the Hallmark of Geneva. Besides an impressive power reserve of about 65 hours, the caliber has a 28.5mm diameter, a size specially designed for contemporary cases. The stunning open-work model allows the watch owner to admire the skeletonised movement inside the 38 mm 18K white gold case. Only 2.45mm thick, the automatic movement was first launched in 1967 and has the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. The line also features exceptional jewellery pieces. Set with 473 diamonds on the dial, 167 diamonds on the 18K white gold case and one on the crown, the manual-winding 38mm version contains the 1400 calibre with the Hallmark of Geneva.

With its round cases and timeless classicism, The Patrimony Traditionnelle line adheres to those fundamental values which are important for true connoisseurs and which distinguish the Geneva Manufacturer’s most exclusive pieces.

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