Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Dear Loungers,

I’ve lately had the pleasure, along with some other good friends and collectors, to visit the VC manufacture.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Do I look happy?cheeky

I will bypass the pictures you’ve probably seen ad nauseam, like those illustrating the building etc. although I must say the factory is quite something itself and a great place to work. Pictures will be focused on 2015 novelties, which represent the most interesting part for you, to my thinking.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Vishal, THL member and I.

We were a group of 5 and Alain Lambercy, watchmaker at VC, showed us the several Departments where the magic happens; no pictures allowed, sorry, it would have been fun to look at, although some luckier loungers already did post several in the past, available in the archive.

Finally - deus ex machina - Alex arrived, he proved us to be a magnificent host, we had lunch together and we had some fun too.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Alex and Vishal.


After a while, conversation easily converged towards next year’s novelties; Alex kept  it all secret but also told us something will change in the sport watch line-up with more than a novelty, in short: new overseas, with some further surprises. Apropos of that and due to a particular feature one of this new model  will have, which Alex shared with us, I’m confident  it’s going to be very welcomed by the collectors’ community and laymen also.

2015 is the year of Vacheron Constantin, nobody would dare to deny it. My impression is, 2016 is going to be yet another very successful year for the Maltese Cross.

Alex managed to show us the latest models, introduced at SIHH, I still haven’t read his book about the new chrono calibres but I’m sure it’s going to be a very interesting reading.

The new watches are simply amazing, pictures don’t do justice, you must touch and feel them.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Dual Time is so much better live than seen through a picture.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Sizes are a little big to my personal taste but wear terrific anyhow.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Sweet chronoheart Clearly VC took inspiration from the former Lemania calibre but added a lot more in it.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

The Masterpiece

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

The Masterpiece on my wrist.

Quai de l'Ile

We then moved towards Quai de l’Ile, where an exhibition of chronographs is currently taking place. The visit was worth, a vintage lover like I am, wouldn’t  ever want to leave a place like that, it was like listening to Mozart’s concert n° 21 in C major, K 467 (better if directed by RM).

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

A place probably familiar to many here.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Following, just few examples of the pieces shown in the exibition.

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture


Sometimes words aren’t able to describe the feelings. It was the perfect day for a watch-fan.

I must say thanks to Vacheron Constantin, to the People working at VC we met and helped us having such a terrific experience and finally, to Alex for being such a lovely host.

Last note: Alex, you are the perfect moderator and gentleman too but I’m not going to give you my 222!

Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture

The inscription Alex wrote on my copy of his book, I found it funny cool


Thank you for reading, 



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03/26/2015 - 18:33
Thanks for sharing Roberto
03/24/2015 - 00:28

Don't be hasty, maybe the Godfather will make you an offer you can't refuse for the 222 cool

Ok, now I'm scared!
03/24/2015 - 09:42

I hope he loves horses as much as I do cheeky

Re: Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture
03/24/2015 - 03:01

I love the photos! These chronographs are true works of art!

Thank you for this posting.


thanks for sharing, Roberto
03/24/2015 - 07:16

It's always interesting to hear another opinion and take on the Manufacture visit. I have had the pleasure to be there on many occassions and it has been a different and amazing experience each time. Mainly because Alex always comes up with new activities to make each trip worthwhile.

and yes, he's completely right to want to have you gift him your 222. It's absolutely stunning!



Excellent pics. I had the pleasure to visit VC in summer 2009. Alex was
03/24/2015 - 09:10

not there but he made sure we were taken care off beautifully.

Besides the watches, it seems based on his wardrobe, Alex is quite the watch world's only male model, inspiring us with his wardrobe and shoes. :-) I had a carpenter make me two independent bookcases for my collection; one exclusively for VC. 

Thanks Dave, Radek and KK
03/24/2015 - 09:47

The new collection is amazing, dual time in particular surprised me, chronos, well, they're simply magnificent.

I know it's too soon but I must admit I can't wait to see the new Overseas line, especially one piece cool

Thanks for the write up Roberto, was great seeing you and the team but that 222 looks
03/24/2015 - 09:11

much nicer on my wristcoolcheeky

03/24/2015 - 09:53

plenty of 222 here, we'll find you one but please Godfather, leave me mine crying


Re: Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture
03/24/2015 - 14:28

Thanks for the wonderful report and photos, Roberto.

It's always great to go to the source and find that it's all worth it.

You've captured the watches perfectly in your photos!



Something I didn't know
03/24/2015 - 19:03

Thank you Joseph, you're way too kind.

Alain showed us the steps it takes to refinish a movement, I wasn't aware VC works at the same level of finishing all the surfaces of each component, those parts not visible also.

I remember a famous article by Walt Odets mentioning the fact Lange (those days though, things may have changed nowadays, as the article is aged) didn't apply the same effort above all the surfaces of their calibres, in that case a calibre L942.1.

My thoughts went back to Alain's words when Alex later told us (more or less, Alex please, amend me if I'm wrong) VC isn't afraid to compare its savoir faire to current A. Lange production.

Alex may need a new Nickname...
03/24/2015 - 14:32

Roberto, thank you for sharing the great experience.  It inspires me to get out there myself.  I too am very excited to see what VC has in store for the Overseas next year.  I am also a big fan of the Harmony dual time (my OS is a dual time).  I find that to be a very useful capability.

You may not need to fear finding a horse head from Alex as an "offering" to pursuade you to surrender your 222.  I am thinking he looks a bit more like Billy Bob Thornton than Marlon Brando.

Alex may need a new Nickname...

That said, Christmas may be a little odd if Bad Santa pays you a vist.

or no Christmas at all if I don't get that 222...
03/24/2015 - 16:55


Thank you for your
03/24/2015 - 19:08

kind words, I think you should visit the manufacture, it's really worth.

Don't forget to bring with you some Vacheron the Godfather may like, so to divert his appetites anywhere else but far from my litlle, humble, insignificant 222! cheeky

Re: Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture
03/24/2015 - 17:03

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 Visit at the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture


On my wrist !

Hello Loungers !

Roberto has already given you a brief overview of our visit to the VC manufacture. I would like to thank him for coordinating the trip, and Alex for making it a memorable one for us!

The visit to VC left a deep impact. It was amazing to walk through and observe at such close quarters the process of watching making at this 260 years old esteemed company !

 I was quite excited to see some of my favourite models from the Historiques collection like the American 1921, Ultra-fine 1968 and also some models from the Patrimony family which were ready to be shipped out .

Alain himself is a Master watch maker and was working on the Patrimony ultra-thin calibre 1731.

After a great lunch with Alex we were introduced to the Harmony collection - each little detail was Holistically Aesthetic .

What impressed me the most  during the trip was the mention that a certain number of Master watchmakers are placed at the afters sales service department also, thus ensuring a life time of quality service.

I look forward to meeting Alex and some of you at the next W&W event / SIHH.



Vishal, it was great meeting you and hope we can get together at W&W :-)
03/24/2015 - 17:21


It was great to live the experience with you Vishal
03/24/2015 - 19:12

and the other guys too. I hope we'll meet at SIHH also and live the thrill for the new Overseas together! :-)

Hi Vishal, visits to the Manufacture are always special!
03/25/2015 - 13:51

I hope you go to W&W this year and we can meet un person!  BR, Dan

Re: Hi Vishal, visits to the Manufacture are always special!
03/25/2015 - 14:13

Thanks Dan, you are absolutely right - the new calibres are such exquisite pieces one cant help but admire them ! I have been going to W&W for the past two years as it gives me an oppurtunity to interact with my friends from HK and Singapore. I definately hope to be there this year as well  and look forward to meeting you there.

Best regards,


Great to see you enjoying the Manufacture!
03/25/2015 - 13:49

I'm sure you spent a lot of time studying the new Harmony Chronograph movements! heartwink

Hi Dan, new chrono movements
03/25/2015 - 16:15

do have a strong link to the past, due to their architectures but many innovative features. I consider this a point of strenght.

It will take some time to go deeper on that given my humble knowledge. Take the escapement of calibre 3500 for instance, it's not yet clear to me if it has a free sprung balance or not.

Anyway, to see live both, movements and watches as a whole, was really exciting.


Thanks for posting this entertainning report
03/25/2015 - 23:41

Everyone in the photos looks so happy. I can understand why, as the Manufacture is my "Happy Place."

All I can say is beware the long arms of Alex.  For your peace of mind, you might want to send the 222 to me for safe keeping.  ;-)   Seriously, what a fabulous watch. 

It is terrific to see some of the chronographs on display at the Maison.  I am so glad you thought to take and post pictures of those.  

The wrist shot of "the Masterpiece" shows off the new split seconds chrono very well.  I can now see how lovely that watch would be on the wrist.  That will remain only a dream for me, but a very pleasant dream.

Best regards,



So for me
03/26/2015 - 10:09

it will remain a dream but your words sound so poetic to ease the heaviness.

Thanks Robert, glad you appreciated the post.



A day at HQ...
03/26/2015 - 14:05

Roberto, the warmth of your visit percolates perfectly.

Your presentation, photographs and copy paint a picture too good not to share. Thank you for doing so.

With all good wishes


Thank you Tony
03/26/2015 - 18:33

although I wasn't able to capture the beauty of the exibition; each piece shown there deserves a post of its own.

Happy you enjoyed the post and happy to return the wishes :-)