Happy Birthday, Mrs. Vacheron Chossat

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- The relatives and friends of Mrs. Vacheron Chossat, Geneva, celebrated the hundredth anniversary of her birth on August 27.

Mrs. Vacheron, born August 27, 1782, was the daughter of Mr. Chossat, who was Mayor of Carouge in 1800 when General Bonaparte passed through the city and she remembers well seeing him on this occasion. She still enjoys good health, despite some weakness in the legs which can still come and go, but the mind is always alert, she loves to read and has not abandoned the piano.

Mrs. Vacheron has five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, but she had the misfortune to lose a son and daughter.  The first, Caesar Vacheron, was the founder of the famous house of Vacheron & Constantin watches and died in 1868 at the age of fifty-six years, shortly before his son who left no heir to his name.

The workers of this house have offered Mrs. Vacheron, on the occasion of this anniversary, a beautiful bouquet, which was presented to by the oldest employee .

Only you could have come up with this :-) however they erroneously
08/28/2014 - 08:44

indicate Cesar Vacheron as being the founder!

 

and she saw Napoleon!!!

Seeing Napoleon was the cool part
08/28/2014 - 16:43

Funny about the error re Cesar Vacheron.  Perhaps they did not know about Jean-Marc, but when this article was written in 1883 they should have been aware that it was Jacques Barthelemy who partnered with Francois Constantin.  Just shows that misinformation can creep in at any time.