Vacheron-Chossat in Marie Antoinette's Watch

I've been reading John Biggs' book, Marie Antoinette's Watch (which I have found to be surprisingly very good) and came across Vacheron-Chossat--a name I had not encountered (or noticed) before relating to Vacheron-Constantin. Naturally, I searched for it on THL, and I found Dean's,  "Proud Possession of Royalty" (another little gem) and I am curious where Chossat fit into the story of Vacheron-Constantin.

Also, I'm back from my Baltic cruise and am happy to report that my Overseas and 72 enjoyed the trip (along with my Habring2, L. Leroy and wife's Reverso). I took Dan's very good advice and took a picture of my travel roll prior to setting sail in case Customs wanted to know if I bought them on the trip. The only watch I wore on-shore was my Habring2, while an excellent watch, attracts no attention. For some reason, my Overseas (OS1) seems to become more attractive with each wearing; however, there's no way I can keep it if I get the OS 4500.

If anyone has a good source for finding out more about Chossat, please pass it on.




Welcome back Bill
07/11/2016 - 13:21

Glad you had a great cruise.  Search for "Chossat" under THL and you'll find 11 posts.  Here is one of them:

Mrs. Vacheron-Chossat.  smiley

Got o use my formal watches...
07/11/2016 - 22:01

We dressed for dinner; so I got to wear my formal watches--my L. Leroy was so big, I could read it without my glasses!

Got o use my formal watches...

L. Leroy Grande Osmior Mécanique Extra-Plate

Got o use my formal watches...

Vacheron Constantin 72

The 72 has a great story for dinner talk.

I'm getting extra bands for all of my formal watches so that I can wear them on more occasions.

@Dan--again; thanks for the photo tip for watches return through Customs.

Another source
07/11/2016 - 21:24

is The Saga of Vacheron Constantin printed in the 1994 Antiquorum auction catalog The Art of Vacheron Constantin.  It notes the introduction of the Chossat family into the business in 1810 through marriage, and the immediate involvement of Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron's new father-in-law, César Chossat, as silent partner.  In 1816, Charles-François Chossat replaced a retiring Barthélémy Girod (Vacheron's uncle) as named partner, and brought new capital into the firm.  The trading name changed to Vacheron Chossat.  Not sure of Charles-François' relationship with César Chossat, but assume his son.

Bill, can you please post a snip of the text from your book which mentions Chossat?

Just a quick ref
07/11/2016 - 21:43

Dean--I was looking for Vacheron Constantin in Marie Antoinette's Watch and came across the following: Vacheron Constantin (then called Vacheron-Chossat), found "banditry" and frontier justice to be another threat to the....

On my iPad that's Loc 827 (or about a quarter of the way through the book.


Kudos to them for getting the timeline right.
07/12/2016 - 16:38

The stories of Constantin travelling by carriage through the countryside with a chest full of gold watches and a pistol under his coat are truly exciting!

Re: Vacheron-Chossat in Marie Antoinette's Watch
07/12/2016 - 22:08

Cologni F. The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin. 2005 p28

Cologni F. Artists of Time. 2015 p35

The Art of Vacheron Constantin. Antiquorum, 1994 p18, pp28ff

Liked St. Petersburg
07/16/2016 - 14:59

Hi Serge,

Thanks for the references. I'll see if I can find them.

By the way, while on our trip, we visited Russia -- St. Petersburg. That is a truly beautiful city and the restorations are keeping it that way. While everyone else was on their way to the Hermitage, I headed for the incredible Metro system. Marble and chandeliers, mosaics, and not a scrap of trash. And deep!! We were on a down-escalator for 7 minutes, and then got on another that went even deeper!Liked St. Petersburg