A tour of Treasures of Vacheron Constantin exhibition in Singapore

Running from 24 June to 14 August 2011 at the National Museum of Singapore, "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A legacy of watchmaking since 1755" is an extensive and fascinating exhibition showcasing VC timepieces from its beginnings until the present day.


Various fascinating timepieces are on display, including the original Americaine 1921 and a grande complication pocket watch presented to King Fouad of Egypt. The sheer number of watches and complications explain why VC is traditionally considered one of the 'big three watchmakers'.


In addition there are displays of vintage watchmaking equipment. And during opening there were artisans from Geneva who were on hand to demonstrate crafts like engraving and guillochage. Sadly the artisans were only there for the first few days of the event.


The watches are displayed according to themes, rather than chronologically, which makes it easy to digest the several hundred items on display. I highly recommend this exhibition, not just for VC fans but for anyone with an interest in horology. It is open to the puiblic and non-flash photography is allowed.The team at VC, especially those in Singapore, who have been working on this for some three years, deserve high praise for what they have achieved.

A long photo report follows below. The report can also be found on my blog.


The National Museum of Singapore


The exhibition is in the basement gallery





An original log book from the early days of VC



A timepiece from 1755 marked

"J:M: Vacheron A GENEVE"







A watchmaker demonstrating

assembly of a vintage chronograph movement


The Vacheron Constantin logo over the years



The seventies weren't the

best years for watch design




The Saint Gervais

The immense Tour de L'Ile

An ultra-light 19.6 g pocket watch - case,

dial and most of the movement are aluminium



The original Americaine 1921 

A 1903 pilot's watch worn on the thigh

A braille watch

A series of case silhouettes used by VC over the years

Various form watches including

some remarkably elegant shapes



The workdesk of the engraver






The guillocheur



The outrageous Kallista

with 130 carats of diamonds


The enameller

06/26/2011 - 11:51
06/26/2011 - 21:55
Superb collection and photos
06/25/2011 - 18:51

Well, that looks like quite a show!  Thanks for this tour for us that couldn't be there...love your choices for pictures smiley.   

Thanks for the tour SJX, really appreciate you
06/25/2011 - 19:58

taking us through the exhibit. It is amazing what V&C has put together for a tour, so many incredible watches and demonstrations, excellent!

I was also noticing the logo photo from hundreds of years past and was quite taken with the 1889 logo, I think Doc might like that one too--lots of "&", has a cool look to it also. When you have so much history, there is plenty to draw from, with a modern twist of course.

Thanks again, great article.

Best to all,


Thanks Tim.
06/26/2011 - 11:51

Good to read you.


a tremendous write up of an exhibition that is a must see
06/25/2011 - 20:56
Thank you
JX, u captured everything that registered on my mind after the visit..
06/26/2011 - 04:09

except this one that i really wish to be re-issued... thanks for the beautiful pics and the report.

regret my pics don't do the watch justice, but u can evisage how painstaking SJX has adjusted his camera setting to capture such good and clear shots.

yes! the in-line display will be a killer as a perpetual.

a clearer picture of what i had in mind ....
06/26/2011 - 04:32

power reserve indicator at 12 , perpetual calendar displaying day, date, month and leap year cycle in a line of apertures, phases and age of engraved moon at 6 o'clock !!!  that will be my dream watch which i will probably even sell my kidney to own. devil

Aaron you can probably start looking for a buyer for that kidney of
06/27/2011 - 11:06

yours devil

my mouth is sealed....

On second thoughts, I'll keep my kidney, but I'll save my watch budget
06/27/2011 - 20:11
Budget for this year ... :)
But I did...
06/26/2011 - 11:50



oh yes! i had a bad internet reception yesterday ..( a ? for u)...
06/27/2011 - 06:49

the pic did show but in a blank box. blush

btw, which are wrist watches that have calendar displayed in a straight line that u have seen? in your opinion, is it a feat to do this complication in the confined spaces within the case? ,

Two come to mind
06/27/2011 - 15:45

De Bethune Digitale and Roger Dubuis instantaneous perpetual.

I don't think it's incredibly challenging to have a linear display per se, but getting them to line up properly requires careful adjustment. Since they are all on the same line if one is off by a bit it'll be very obvious.


Jx, you'll ever so knowledgeable , thanks . nt.
06/27/2011 - 20:13
W A O O H W !
06/26/2011 - 21:55

Thank you very much for this fine impression of what must be a fantastic experience. Oh, how I would love to go there and visit it myself.

thank you for sharing and taking the time to post.

Kind regards,


ps love the monopusher chronograph !

what a write up! what an exhibition! loos like a fabulous exhibition..
06/26/2011 - 23:44

and thanks for sharing SJX

Is thae the original Kallista from the 1970's?...
06/27/2011 - 10:39

...From whatever I have read, the whereabouts of that piece were mysterious, some even suggesting that is has been lying in a locker in geneva since ever, and perhaps the actual owner is the Sultan of Brunei ! If that is the original Kallista, then how did VC come about in acquaring it? Just curious.

Lovely pics and lovely report.

no its a replica made of zircon VC keeps for shows
06/27/2011 - 11:08


Do you happen to have a translation of the Arabic text on the dial? nt
06/27/2011 - 15:44


its not Arabic but an original font and graphics with the
06/27/2011 - 19:49

brand name and the name of the jeweller having created the case Moretti!

Thank you so much for sharing, SJX!
06/27/2011 - 13:31

I would have loved to visit the exhibition, it looks like horology heaven. smiley

Re: A tour of Treasures of Vacheron Constantin exhibition in Singapore
06/28/2011 - 02:55

Thank for the great tour! Outstanding!!

This should be a travelling exhibition to many of the world's great museums.

It would show the general public the art and science of watchmaking in a magnificent way, and be a major PR coup for Vacheron.

Great review, fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing (nt)
06/28/2011 - 14:24