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:
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!
Interior photos of the reception area with some very interesting machinery
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).
Art of the Engraver
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.
Metiers D'Arts models, 3 of the 4 are shown (Sorry, already sold and awaiting final touches before shipping).
Hommages aux Grands Explorateurs model. Note that with the dial partly removed there are actually 3 sets of numbers rotating.
Close-up of Malte Phase De La Lune, with a diamond moon on a lapis sky and diamond chip stars.
Now on to the gustatory delights, but first... The cafeteria menu (I couldn't resist.) Where can I find a cafeteria like this?!
Part Two to follow soon...