One day at the Manufacture!

Few months ago, few Loungers were enough lucky to penetrate in Heaven ...

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

Could I have the same for my sitting room please One day at the Manufacture!
The architecture of the Manufacture reflect the spirit of Vacheron Constantin: luminous, modern but with reminders to the traditions!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

Alex and one of the most experimented VC watchmaker (sorry I forgot his name One day at the Manufacture!) were our hosts

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!




The visit starts with the finishes workshop, look at the dexterity of the watchmakers, all experts in their field!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... crazy isn't it? One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!



Don't be rude with this lady if you want a perfect endorsement on you certificate of authenticity / Geneva Seal certificate One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!




The second step of the visit was the Métiers d'Art workshops ... but for me, it's was more than simple workshops, there are ideas laboratory!!! In addition of the "classic" Métier d'Art collection pieces, we can discover a huge selection of unique and never seen dials/colors of enamel etc.
Each craftsman is working to improve his Art!

Here the windoww dedicated to engraving ...

One day at the Manufacture!

... gems setting ...

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... engraving again ...

One day at the Manufacture!

... enameling ...

One day at the Manufacture!


Here a huge panel of enamel work ... the Master enamlist is testing new colors and color shades ... some colors are just outstanding!!! Hope we will find them on a future VC!!!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... mhhhh a well know dial here ;)

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... but here ... very special dials!!! One day at the Manufacture!
One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


... The Master enamelist is working with this microscope ...
One day at the Manufacture!

... the beginning: looks like a small piece of fabric/cotton ...
One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... and after many steps, the small piece become a glossy and shiny piece!! WOW! One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


Now, take a look at few engraving works ... many are unknow to me One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


Miiiiam!!! Skeletoooons ... the finishes are just so beautiful!!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


An to finish with the Métier d'Art workshops, this man show us the art of setting diamonds ...

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... each diamond have a tailor made cut to be perfectly set in the case!!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


Do you recognize these dials? ...

One day at the Manufacture!

... they belong to the Dragons LE for the Hong Kong VC boutique ...

One day at the Manufacture!

... the guilloché work is trully amazing and irresistibly attracts eyes!!! One day at the Manufacture!One day at the Manufacture!One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!



Now, turn to the assembling workshop!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... here, you can see the perfect mix between tradition and modernity!! Look carefuly at the table of the watchmaker, many calibers are inside the table ...

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... and arrive at the chain to the watchmaker who manually assembles the pieces!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!



And to fish the manufacture visit, the Grande Complication workshop, or Lego Land for the children we are One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


Here a minute-repeater mechanism ...

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

... the Minute Repeater DIY Kit!!! One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

And the Tourbillon DIY Kit One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!

One day at the Manufacture!


... Obviously, there are many other workshops we could not visit, but each of these workshops contribute to the success of VC!!


The visit of VC Manufacture with friends was an unforgettable and very instructive experience!! Thank you again Alex and all the VC Team for your always warm welcome!!!! One day at the Manufacture!One day at the Manufacture!
Question 1: About the finishes
07/07/2010 - 21:13
All the days, we are talking about perfect finished at Vacheron Constantin, from the caliber to the case through the dial ... BUT WHAT THE HELL IS IT MSITER G.!!!!!
it says "Big Guru" :-) (nt)
07/09/2010 - 13:19
r
No doubt about that Alex ;-)
07/09/2010 - 21:59
... but I am talking about a big problem concerning the finished at VC LoL! A zoom on the issue
Question 2: A very special model
07/07/2010 - 21:15
Alex, could you please give us more details on this model and the specific engraving on the crown?
Thank you for the write up Fred, I'm always amazed by the amount of
07/08/2010 - 12:17
work that goes into a VC watch
I wish I could have been with you guys
07/08/2010 - 13:25
NT
great write up Fred, it was a great day ! (nt)
07/08/2010 - 14:20
e
Great Inside Story, Fred!
07/08/2010 - 16:29
Thank you for a most interesting insight of the 'inner-workings'. Appreciated. Tony
Great coverage ...
07/08/2010 - 21:58
of a great day. Lots of memories coming back Thanks for sharing. Oliver
Re: One day at the Manufacture!
07/09/2010 - 00:01
Sure brings back good memories, love the emaille dials, beautiful!! Best, michel
Superb Tour
07/10/2010 - 22:09
Your post gives a real appreciation for the artistry that goes into these VC masterpieces!  I'm sure to look back at it over and over again...thanks .