Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the Genevois watchmakers were renowned for their wide breadth of knowledge and interests. It was said that, contrary to those from other cities, you could take a Genevan and drop them in the middle of any conversation and they would be able to participate with familitarity. In fact, the apprenticeship of a young watchmaker with Vacheron & Constantin would include the subjects of mathematics, literature and humanities! We, as ardent fans of the most enduring Genevan watch maker, should not be any less erudite! Thus, I am always thankful that the topic of books has frequently come up; reinforcing that a forum for those that appreciate VC is not, cannot be, one-dimensional
Back on topic, I'm currently enjoying The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester; a story of the earliest concepts in map-making and the perfect compliment to a previously-read history of Mercator by Nicholas Crane.
For books specifically on VC history, the shelves of my "library" are too bare; not for lack of interest but for lack of availablility. There are exceedingly few independent publications on the manufacture, which is a shame considering the breadth of history that must be contained within the archives of both the city and VC. There seems to be a very insular attitude at the Maison to the secrets of Vacheron Constantin (thus inspiring the book's title), at least that is my impression....