AGE OF EM­PIRE

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Vacheron Con­stantin has been in con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tion longer than any other watch man­u­fac­turer in the world. Founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron in Geneva, the Swiss watch­maker boasts a num­ber of firsts, in­clud­ing the first-ever com­pli­ca­tion cre­ated in 1770. It has sur­vived mo­men­tous events in his­tory, pulling through the French Rev­o­lu­tion, the Great De­pres­sion and World Wars I and II. And nu­mer­ous his­tor­i­cal fig­ures have owned its time­pieces, from Napoleon Bon­a­parte to Harry Tru­man. In 1906, its first bou­tique opened in Geneva’s Quai de l’Ile, and it re­mains there to this day. Ninety years later, the brand was taken over by its cur­rent owner, the Richemont Group.

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