Vacheron Constantin is a fearless trailblazer in watchmaking, something for which it ought to receive due credit. The company is also very old – established in
To be sure, this is inspirational stuff and could lead directly into a discussion of the impact of Vacheron Constantin’s famous motto: Do better if possible and that is always possible. It was in fact this motto that brought us face-to-face with Julien Marchenoir, the Marketing Director of Vacheron Constantin, who has also been the Heritage Director at the company. He of course has excellent perspective on the history and legacy of Vacheron Constantin.
“This (motto) pushes us to develop the company and it has been really key in the history of Vacheron Constantin. I think this philosophy has kept us from collapsing during difficult times in the world’s history. You know, when you enter into Vacheron Constantin it is like a big sword (of Damocles) hanging above your head… It is enormous pressure for sure,” said Marchenoir.
The company Jean-Marc Vacheron founded certainly has a powerful legacy but this very legacy sometimes hides its heritage in innovation. For example, Vacheron Constantin appears largely to be on the sidelines of the silicium revolution while its many rivals have rushed to stake claims on various innovations.
At the same time, Vacheron Constantin has pioneered an unparalleled approach to watchmaking and anti-counterfeiting with the Quai de l'Ile collection and, long before this, the manufacture arguably led the way in the Great Depression by making and selling watches in steel.
Now, it is worth remembering that Vacheron Constantin was a pioneer of revolutionary materials in its manufacture movements; the company began research into anti-magnetic materials for watchmaking in 1862. Knowledge of the past reveals other surprises in this regard, as evidenced by the aluminium movement Vacheron Constantin made in the 1930s for a special series of pocket watches. If you do not believe it, just look at the brand’s archives or take a look at our own photo essay on the subject.