The World of Vacheron Constantin Genève – Carole Lambelet & Lorette Coen
An excellent almost unused copy of the first English Language edition of this important book about Vacheron Constantin, published in 1992.
The book begins by placing the establishment of Vacheron Constantin in its historical context, with details on the founders of this watchmaking dynasty. A representative range of pocket and wrist watches from 1755 to the 1990s held by the Vacheron Constantin museum are lavishly illustrated in colour. However, for me, the most fascinating part of the book is the 128 pages devoted to original black and white archival photographs of Vacheron Constantin watches – these are individually dated by year and are for the most part from the 1910s to 1940s – these are individually annotated often with the original serial numbers. Every now and again the original watch will re-appear on the market, as happened a couple of years ago at Sotheby’s Geneva when an extremely rare world time pocket watch by Vacheron was included in the May 2014 auction – the archival image of the actual watch with the matching movement serial number is illustrated in this book on page 396, so provided a brilliant confirmation of the watch’s excellent state of preservation. You’ll find the Sotheby’s catlaogue entry here.
Hardback with black cloth cover and gold lettering.
245mm x 325mm
Written by Carole Lambelet & Lorette Coen
Published by Editions Scriptar SA / Vacheron Constantin