I need help

I am preparing a lecture on the history of Vacheron Constantin watches. I can´t find the following information anywhere and I am hoping some of you may know the answers.

What year was the following models introduced by VC:

- the Patrimony ?
- the Malte ?
- the Chronometre Royal ?

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To answer your questions
04/08/2012 - 16:43
Hi Celter,    The questions you pose do not have a straight-forward and simple answer because these terms include not so much a line of products but more of an evolution. For instance, the Chronometre Royal began its journey as a pocket watch and was introduced as a wrist watch in 1953. As for the Malte line, the strictist interpretation of when it was introduced would be to look at when the Tonneau shape was introduced at Vacheron Constantin as the collection has gone through a variance of shapes. As for the Patrimony line, it has gone through a number of developments and now comprises of two distinct lines, which are the Contemporaine and Traditionelle. Of course, there are collections that cross these lines such as the Excellence Platine collection, which was introduced in 2006, or the made-to order Ateliers that allows for a collaborative effort between the owner and watchmakers.  In the strictest sense, and hopefully I am not mistaken, your answers would be: 1. As I mentioned, the Patrimony Collection has two lines in current production. The Patrimony Traditionelle Line was introduced in 2007 and the Patrimony Contemporine was introduced, I believe, in 1955 to commemorate Vacheron's 200th anniversary. As for when the term Patrimony was first used to describe a collection, unfortunately I cannot think of the exact date :( 2. The Malte line just celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, so your answer here is most likely 1912. On this point, I refer you to Alex's discussion on the Lounge of the SIHH 2012 releases and specifically the anniversary edition: http://www.thehourlounge.com/thread/view/sihh-2012-a-personal-journey_65435_65435.html 3. The Chronometre Royal line was first introduced in 1907 and in 1953 as a wristwatch, and on this matter I higly recommend you refer to Alex's excellent article on this here on the Lounge http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=2998&id=2998 I hope this informatoin helps! Best, Walid
Re: To answer your questions
04/08/2012 - 20:36
Thank you. You have been very helpful. The history of VC is really not an easy told story :)
Re: To answer your questions
04/08/2012 - 20:38
By the way I have another question. When did VC produce their first wristwatch. I have read 1888 and another source has 1910/1911?
Re: Re: To answer your questions
04/08/2012 - 21:23
Well the 1910/1911 is unlikely since I know for a fact that there were ladies wristwatches made as early as 1889 (ref. 10531 is a beautiful example). To be honest, I can't say when the first wristwatch was made by Vacheron Constantin and would defer to other more knowledgeable members here who may know the answer. Best, Walid
Re: Re: Re: To answer your questions
04/09/2012 - 02:11
According to the info in "World of VC", the first wrist watches (by VC) were for women and appeared in 1911. The became much more common the following year. As for men, I believe those first appeared in 1913. These comments refer to wristwatches made specifically as wristwatches. The impetus for the development was WWI or earlier wars (there was no shortage) in which stopwatches were made into wristwatches by attaching (soldering) lugs onto them and putting a strap through them. They therefore eliminated the need to take the watch out of a pocket to tell the time. In a combat situation, it was more efficient and probably a life-saver. There are watches by Audemars Piguet that were pocket watches made into wristwatches as early as 1892. Their first wrist watches made AS wristwatches were from around 1918. Alex may be able to clarify things since he has access to the VC archives. JB
VC's first wrist watch
04/09/2012 - 03:54
enlightened A reminder of this beautiful ladies wrist watch...V&C for Gustave Sandoz 1889
Re: VC's "first" wrist watch
04/09/2012 - 04:56
Facinating Dean! For those interested and who have Antiquorum's "The Art of Vacheron Constantin" the beautiful photo and text that Dean quoted is on page 84. A truly magnificent piece. The same tome also shows an earlier piece (page 78) of a bangle style wrist watch from 1825. (see photos). As Walid has surmized and the text states, the first official wristwatch was from 1911 and photos are in "The World of VC", unfortunately in black and white. Regards, JB
thanks for the detailed info Walid. Just a slight addition, the
04/10/2012 - 14:04
Patrimony Contemporaine as a collection was introduced in 2004 and the Malte as a collection was launched in 2000
Thanks Alex for the clarification
04/10/2012 - 15:16
So, if we are to sum up the info we have here for Celter we say that: Chronometre Royal was introduced in 1907 and as a wristwatch in 1953 VC began the commercial manufacture of wristwatches for women in 1911 (earlier bespoke pieces were available prior to that) Tonneu-shaped VC watches were introduced in 1912 VC began the commercial manufacture of wristwatches for men in 1913 Patrimony wristwatches were introduced in 1955 to celebrate VC's 200th anniversary The Malte collection was introduced in 2000 The Patrimony Contemporine collection was introduced in 2004 The Patrimony Traditionelle collection was introduced in 2007 Does this sound right? (please edit as necessary) Best, Walid
Re: Thanks Alex for the clarification
04/10/2012 - 20:05
Absolutely fantastic teamwork. Thank you very much. I am well into my lecture that hopefully will be held for our national community of watch collectors. And Alex, your articles here at "thehourlounge" have been tremendously inspiring and educational. The history of VC is also the history of watchmaking and that makes it even more interesting. 
thank you for the kind words Celter. To whom will you be making this
04/10/2012 - 20:11
Re: thank you for the kind words Celter. To whom will you be making this
04/11/2012 - 21:09
Hi Alex I prepare it for our national watch collectors forum in Norway.
Hei Hei
04/13/2012 - 17:25
Still savoring fond memories of Norway.  Here is an honor guard getting ready for Prince Chuck's official state visit to Oslo in March.
They also made the first Stainless Steel watch in 1932
06/15/2012 - 08:42
I feel that fact is a note worthy milestone also.