Visit to Vacheron Constantin

In June, I had the good fortune to visit the Vacheron - Constantin Manufacture and Boutique in Geneva, with the Time Zone Tour.
It was one of the trip's highlights.
Here is a photo montage of the visit with a few comments:

Visit to Vacheron Constantin


The main building at Plan-les-Ouates (field of geese) an industrial suburb of Geneva. There are many watch manufactures located there including Patek. Harry Winston is also building a new struture there but I couldn't tell whether it was a manufacture or an office building. Some people jokingly refer to the suburb as "Plan les watches" because of all the watch manufacturers located there. However, I did see manufacturing and research facilities from L'Oreal and Clarins. So you can go there, check out the watches and have your cellulite treated!

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Interior photos of the reception area with some very interesting machinery

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Monsieur Rudolf Bull, master watchmaker extraordinaire who conducted the tour (actually the group was divided into 2 groups of 9, half led by Monsieur Bull and the other half led by Madame Veronique Briand from Marketing and Communications).

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Art of the Engraver

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Works in progress - The labour-intensive creation of a Vacheron watch (even with CNC manufacturing) helps to explain its pricing. Many tasks are still performed by hand as you can see.

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Metiers D'Arts models, 3 of the 4 are shown (Sorry, already sold and awaiting final touches before shipping).

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Hommages aux Grands Explorateurs model. Note that with the dial partly removed there are actually 3 sets of numbers rotating.

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Close-up of Malte Phase De La Lune, with a diamond moon on a lapis sky and diamond chip stars.

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Now on to the gustatory delights, but first... The cafeteria menu (I couldn't resist.)  Where can I find a cafeteria like this?!

Visit to Vacheron Constantin

Part Two to follow soon...

Interloper Watch.
07/23/2007 - 03:58

Thanks for the interesting and informative post.

I am curious as to what the female watchmaker was wearing on her wrist in photo number 12. It does not appear to be a VC.

Mike S.

At first I thought it was a DeGrisogono (!) but think it is something
07/23/2007 - 17:23

else!

quite intriguing watch...

Thanks for the write up Joseph, my heart always skips a beat when I
07/23/2007 - 11:48

see the Explorateur and the Masques

And I agree with you the VC cafeteria food is absolutely delicious, supposedly its a well know chef who takes care of the menu!

Looking forward to Part 2

Re: Thanks for the write up Joseph, my heart always skips a beat when
07/23/2007 - 18:43

It does look great, Alex.

But I think I'll pass on the "Steak de Cheval"!

Cheers,

Joseph

150 points from VC! sorry guys just saw
07/23/2007 - 19:03

Harry Potter and the Order Of the Phoenix  and a steak de cheval (horse meat ) is at least a milion points less

Great report!! Thanks JB!!!
07/23/2007 - 11:58

I would like to be here to observe the assembly of The Masques ans the Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-Retrograde, all this art, all this work.... and to taste the VC cantine's food of course.

Now, it's decided I want to work for VC in the future!!! loooooooooool

Looked like a fun trip! Thanks JB (nt)
07/23/2007 - 12:20

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Great report (nt)
07/23/2007 - 13:45

nt

Nice photos! Keep em coming... :) (nt)
07/23/2007 - 15:21

Thank you JB! (nt)
07/23/2007 - 16:54

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Thanks for sharing, JB.
07/23/2007 - 17:46

Looks like you had a ball.  I wish I could visit the premises once in my life.  As Alex mentioned, the Explorateurs is really a breathtaking piece (even after all this time).  It is one of my favorite pieces (I hope VC doesn't reissue it in 42.5mm - no need for the actual map on my wrist!).  The bi-retro and masques look great too.

Maybe I can apply for work at VC's canteen.

Looking forward to part two!

Best

kazumi

thanks for the write up (nt)
07/23/2007 - 18:22

nt