One month and counting...

Ohhh, I'm excited cheeky, one month till we fly off to Geneva for SIHH.  Must be time for some novelty hints, Alex?

We are prepared with a 1905 Baedeker's map and some locations to visit.

One month and counting...

Vacheron & Constantin
Walking Tour of Geneva
 
1755       Jean-Marc Vacheron opens a workshop in the “Cité” (old Geneva).
 
1812       Vacheron Girod takes premises in the Maison Favre, 226 rue de l’Île.
 
1816       Vacheron-Chossat & Cie, Maison Tremblay, 88 rue de la Rhône.
 
1823       Having hired four “good repeating work finishers”, Vacheron fitted two extra windows in an unused room of his house so they could be installed there.  It was thus easier to supervise their work.
 
1825       Jacques Barthélémy Vacheron describes their shops; “Le papa (Abraham) Vacheron has ceded his place in the study.  The small workshop that makes beside the counter is very pretty.  I have organised for myself a space behind that occupied by Dechoudens where the light is sufficient.  Lagier has taken the place that I used to use.  His position is the most convenient for the visitor, in that it removes the need to go behind the counter for the workers who have to speak with him.”
 
1834       Workshops are installed in 5-room apartment on the 3rd floor of building situated at “à l’angle des Bergues”, owned by the Brothers Lequin.  In 1835, they expanded to the fourth floor.  In 1839, the historic contract with Georges Leschot led to the development of new machinery and increased production.
 
1840       Four additional workshops rented on 5th floor of M. Pechaubin building, 11 rue Berthelier.
 
1844       20-year lease signed for the building previously occupied by the gendarmerie at the Tour de l’Île.  Workshop fitted in 3rd floor of tower with access by a staircase constructed in the place of a small shop at the foot of the building.  During the Revolution of 1846, on 7 October, a shot fell on the table of the company’s offices on the second floor.  It had been fired from the passage de la Monnaie, Place Bel-Air.  Several bullets entered the forge, placed below the sun-dial.
 
1852       Company permitted to construct, at its own expense, additional workshops in the north and north-east parts of the Tour.
 
1875       Moved to 1 Quai des Moulins, a building constructed for Jean-François Constantin by Jacques E. Goss, the architect of the Theatre of Geneva.  It was noted in City records of 1884 that V&C employed 49 men, 17 women, and 4 children aged from 14 to 18.
I'll be eagerly awaiting your write up ;-) This year's events will be
12/19/2012 - 17:14
even better than the past years cool  no hints or previews on the novelties but you'll be the 1st to see them, first on the Club then here on the Lounge wink
The smile was...
12/19/2012 - 21:38
one of embarrassment as I'd just broken a balance pivot blush.  Looking forward to more fond memories!  And something in a Tonneau flavour perhaps...
It's quite clear, Alex is playing his cards close to the chest...
12/19/2012 - 18:10
Dean - With the Baedeker's at the ready and a strong pair of boots you'll be off with an excellent start to cover some of that old groundwink. Alex certainly has something up his sleeve! I'm taking this opportunity to thank you for your wonderful contributions throughout the year.  Your time and commitment to excellence adds a meaningful dynamic to THL. Have a super Christmas holiday with lot's to look forward to at SIHH early in the New Yearyes. With warmest best wishes, Tony
Oh, Tony
12/19/2012 - 21:42
You are a true gentleman yes.  Meeting you in person would be an honour!