Where did you find this amazing document? I true piece of history and
04/17/2013 - 01:34
thank you for sharing
I'm glad that you appreciated the "book".
04/17/2013 - 12:07
I found it on Ebay. I do believe like you that it is a historically important document for the Vacheron Constantin community.I had never heard about it before and couldn’t find any information about the book where ever I looked. I love the small vignettes. They are really charming.
Kent, that is brilliant :-)
04/17/2013 - 02:22
Hope you don't mind that I've copied it angel.  Interesting mention that V&C made compasses circa WWI...I wonder by what tradename?  I've seen those manufactured by Plan of Neuchatel and Koehn of Geneva, but nothing marked V&C yet.  Thanks for sharing yes
Thanks Dean.
04/17/2013 - 12:08
I will be looking forward to your article on V&C compasses from WW1 smiley. The good thing about all the “small books” from V&C is that there is always a "little thing" being mentioned that keeps one going as a collector. Expensive, but fun.
Thanks for sharing, Kent
04/17/2013 - 03:46
A fascinating read. It looks like it was published for their 200 anniversary. Regards, Joseph
You are welcome, Joseph.
04/17/2013 - 12:08
You are quite right about the 200 anniversary. It is an easily read book that possesses a lot of charm and brings one back in time. Love that feeling of the 50s and the way they portrayed the company  Vacheron & Constantin back in those days. Cheers, Kent.
Thanks Kent!
04/17/2013 - 06:32
This si a great piece of V&C history.  Thank you so much for sharing! Like Dean,  I have copied the pictures and put them on my Ipad.  I get on a 13 hour flight later today and will definitely be reading through this in detail.  (I've glanced through it once so far). BR, Dan
I wish you a nice flight, Dan.
04/17/2013 - 12:09
I hope that it will make the trip feel a bit shorter and that there might be a passage or two in the book that you will enjoy. Best wishes, Kent
Re: Milestones of Watchcraft.
04/17/2013 - 16:31
Hi Kent, Thank you for taking the time to post this extract. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What a wonderful history V&C have. I delighted in the stories and history of the company.
Alex - do you have any photos of Czar Alexander II watch or
04/17/2013 - 16:35
the compass that were both referred to in the book?
Thanks Hamish.
04/18/2013 - 11:51
It is a paperback book (you asked me in an email about the cover of the book). It is a pleasure to see that this post is being appreciated by our forum.   Cheers Kent
This is terrific!
04/17/2013 - 16:40
Thanks for sharing it, Kent. I attended a VC event last week on their Atelier Cabinotiers Special Order services, and I was thus interested to read the "Command Performances section on  pp. 21-22 of the booklet you scanned, as well as the definitiion of "cabinotier" as explained in the first several pages.  I really enjoyed this post.smiley Best, Robert
Thanks Robert.
04/18/2013 - 11:51
I have enjoyed your very fine post  on the PuristSPro about that meeting with Atelier Cabinotier. I’m not a member there, but I do check the site out on a regular basis.   Regards, Kent
Kent, one step back and it's two steps forward...
04/17/2013 - 22:07
I've read your contribution twice - a beautiful piece of copy. Isn't amazing, there's plenty of information in the marketplace if you look in the right places. Thank you for doing soyes
Thanks, Tony.
04/18/2013 - 11:53
You are so right about the marketplace out there. The only problem is that it is huge so where to start? I know for certain that I would have the most boring Vacheron Constantin collection in the world if I didn't have access to the "Market place" of the whole world through the internet. Regarding vintage Vacheron Constantin watches in Denmark this sentence comes to my mind "Something is rotten in the State of Denmark".   Cheers, Kent
Thanks for sharing
04/17/2013 - 22:58
this terrific document. Definitively deserved to be added to the recommended threads.yes
04/18/2013 - 00:28
Thanks Kramer.
04/18/2013 - 11:53
I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Have a nice day, Kent
I am pleased to see that I was overbid by a lounger!-)
04/18/2013 - 00:42
The same booklet was released in French. It was published in 1955 as "Les Maitres des Heures" ... The Masters of Hours. What a title! At that time, it looked like there was a kind of golden rule. Each Jubile of a manufacture had to be celebrated with a special book or booklet. In 1948, 7 years before Vacheron & Constantin, Omega published The Secret of Switzerland/Rayonnement de la Suisse to celebrate the centenary of its foundation. In 1958, V&C 's sister company, Jaeger Lecoultre published "La Vallée de Joux et La Fabrique Le Coultre" for their 125th anniversary. And, congratulations for the scan of all the pages! Best
Yes life has a funny way of working out
04/18/2013 - 01:20
Kent outbid me as well! The auction ended in the middle of the night in Australia and I forgot to increase my bid before going to bed. However I was most grateful to Kent when I read his post.
Which auction was this, Hamish? (nt)
04/18/2013 - 02:51
04/18/2013 - 08:17
it's only my opinion...
04/18/2013 - 02:49
But "The Masters of Hours" is the literal translation. The Masters of Time Time sounds better in English :-) Vacheron also put out another interesting book in 1955, called "De Horologiis in Arte", latin for About or Of clocks in Art. It's in French and subtitled: "L'Horloge  et La Montre a Travers les Ages, d'apres les Documents du Temps"....or The clock and watch (Clocks and watches) throughout the ages, according to the documents of the times. I have posted on this book before. BR, Joseph
About "De Horologiis in Arte"
04/18/2013 - 04:42
Was the book "De Horologiis in Arte" really written to celebrate the bicentenary of Vacheron & Constantin? I have another original edition (1954) in which there is neither mention of nor credit to Vacheron & Constantin. Therefore, I am not sure that V&C played a role in the early stages of the edition process, except asking a special print for their clients with a specific ex dono. And thank you for the correction of the translation. I agree with you that Masters of Time sounds better in English, as "Les Maitres du Temps" would have also sound better in French. I wonder why they choose "Maitres des Heures"?
You are correct.
04/18/2013 - 05:47
The book was published in Lausanne in 1954 (MCMLIV) I guess VC thought it would make a nice token for their 200th anniversaire. It does say it is dedicated to their clients and friends in recognition of (as a tribute to) their confidence or trust. As for using "heures"...I don't know. Perhaps it's the nuance or connotation iof the word. L'heure is used in many expressions indicating time, as you know. Maybe it's just an old way of expressing it. (??) Best, Joseph
Sorry about that, Xtof.
04/18/2013 - 11:55
Please post more (hopefully a lot more). You seem to have a lot of those old catalogs/books lying around. My "French" is non existing so I need to ask you: In the JLC book is there any mention of VC or.......? I really like the cover of the JLC book. It seems so cosy.   Cheers Kent