A fantastic interactive tutorial on the Geneva Seal

Finally an illustrated (and interactive) tutorial of the Geneva Seal!

Vacheron Constantin has created an online catalogue explaining the Geneva Seal. Roll your mouse on the pictures and you will see close ups, comparaisons, explanations... Its great! Fun and very self explanatory.

In English


In French


This online catalogue can also be found directly on Vacheron Constantin's homepage

WOW, WOW and WOW!! Congrats VC, I love it, very useful
02/25/2008 - 14:56


Kudos to VC! Very informative but easy to understand.
02/25/2008 - 15:49

Kudos to VC's web team.  The interactive tutorial is aesthetically pleasing, easy to operate and understand (especially for the technically challenged, like myself).

I believe this is a sort of commitment on the part of VC to focus on movements with the Geneva Seal from now on, which should be the way to go (do better when possible, and that is always possible).

Looking forward to more of those beautiful movements in this year's SIHH offerings!

Thanks, Alex.



(how not to photograph a cal. 2475) 

Re: A fantastic interactive tutorial on the Geneva Seal
02/25/2008 - 17:11


Alex, I'm speechless!

That's an amazing tour de force. Bravo VC!!

What a beautful interactive presentation, easy to follow, read and understand and very comprehesive. The illustrations are great too.

Its a terrific display of computer-based education. I can hardly wait until the next episode!

Best wishes, and many thanks to those at Vacheron who deveolped this segment.


02/25/2008 - 18:22

I really would have that in a big folder book


wow. superb communication from VC
02/25/2008 - 19:08

Alex and VC, many thanks for this great interactive booklet!! VC for making it and Alex for pointing the way!!

Most of it finally makes sense!!

Although one thing I don't fully understand in VC history is why did they not have a consistent policy for the geneva seal (talking vintage here). It is clear that some movements were made for the geneval seal (example: adding an 18th jewel to meet the criteria), but many movements were not.

I know there have been discussions on this before, but if there was a deliberate attempt to make some movements "better" than others, I was just wondering what the reasons could have been behind this.

Thanks again VC and Alex for this great tool!!

Very instructive and helpful for a better understanding!
02/25/2008 - 21:01

This is the first time I see this on a manufacture website, explaining quite well, without too many details, the Poinçon de Genève approach.

Thanks to VC!

Very well done (nt)
02/25/2008 - 21:15


Re: A fantastic interactive tutorial on the Geneva Seal
02/25/2008 - 21:15

A very good idea!

They never cease to amaze with their website. Excellent (nt)
02/25/2008 - 22:25


This is the best explanantion of the Geneva Seal...
02/26/2008 - 00:08

that I have ever seen! VC did a knock-out job and I am very thankful for their get slideshow describing and pointing out every aspect of the Geneva Seal on one of my all-time favorite movements. It just doesn't get any better than this! Now, I am just waiting for VC to place this beautiful cal. 2450 in the Overseas with sapphire caseback!



Alex my friend,
02/26/2008 - 12:14

is there any real booklet like this one on the net?

Would it be possible to print a Limited Hour Lounge Edition,

which in the future of course would be knowm as the LHLE !


the booklet exists, I'll see how many are available to give out to the
02/26/2008 - 12:27


It will be very kind of you, my dear.
02/26/2008 - 14:00

I'm crossing my fingers, because I think this is worth to have it in a watch collection.

That would be great Alex!!
02/26/2008 - 17:38

This booklet is so well designed and helpful: not only does it actually show you with pictures, it also gives you very good information on the practical utilities of it!!

Alex, thanks again for thinking about us !!

It's a´little classic !
02/27/2008 - 17:28

Remember back in the old days, how often this issue was up for discussion.

We all tried to get it straightened out, even Berner is a bit blurry on it, b

but it seemed that it always were some questions left

So, this would be a booklet to return to, and one that would spare many questions !

Above that it is just as one could expect from Vacheron&Constantin, beautiful !


If it is possible to have a booklet,...
02/27/2008 - 19:22

I would very much appreciate it Alex! Thank you!



Thanks V&C and Alex for bringing this to our
02/26/2008 - 14:04

attention. I have read about the Geneva Seal many many times, but this booklet with the diagrams really brought it home...


Uber Cool!!!
02/28/2008 - 12:46

Thanks a lot for the link, the online catalogue is really amazing!

Another great move by VC!!!

one of the best tutorials
02/29/2008 - 17:09

focusing on Geneva Seal, which VC has devoted their energy for some years. As other lounger praised, this is what many newbie may want to know. (even worthwhile for oldbie) Manufactures, I believe, have responsibilities to provide customers with information why their watches deserve hard-earned money customers spend. And this type of tutorials is steady advancement for VC. The next step would be to provide distinctive advantage over other manufactures’ Geneva Seal movements. For instance, Cal. 1400 has sharp inner angle finishes, whereas PP Cal 215 has round edge finishes. Or, some, like me, may want to know more about movements’ architectures. I took a photo of my beloved Cal.1400 in my watch.