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Vacheron Constantin’s “Collectionneurs”

by Chester Lau on December 23, 2014
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With Vacheron Constantin’s Collectionneurs, acquiring your dream vintage timepiece can now be done with a peace of mind.

As many vintage watch collectors would know, acquiring a vintage timepiece is a tall order. He has to firstly source for the watch, and then authenticate it. Two drastically difficult things to do, given a relatively small amount of information regarding vintage watches and a lack of expertise that the collector requires. Moreover buying a vintage timepiece can be a nightmare due to the lack of after sales services. There may be faults in the movement, unreliable parts or even franken dials, screws, gears, etc. Vacheron Constantin saw that its customers were faced with these difficulties and launched “Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs” as both a product line, and very much a unique service proposition.

The concept of “Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs” is to repurchase vintage timepieces from reliable sources and service them to be sold to customers. All of these are done by Vacheron Constantin herself. The timepieces are carefully chosen and screened by Vacheron Constantin heritage specialists and are presented in Vacheron Constantin cases. They come fully serviced with a certificate of authenticity, a free one year guarantee and access to the highly experienced Vacheron Constantin after-sales service and restoration teams.

Featured here are two of our favourite timepieces spotted at the ION Orchard boutique. Firstly, a wristwatch in 18k pink gold, chronograph. Retails at S$79,800.

A classic 2 tones silvered dial, Arabic numerals in pink gold, counter 30 minutes at 3 o'clock, and small seconds at 9 o'clock with an external minute-track, tachymeter and telemeter scales. It uses the Calibre 13"-434.

A classic 2 tones silvered dial, Arabic numerals in pink gold, counter 30 minutes at 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock with an external minute-track, tachymeter and telemeter scales. It uses the Calibre 13″-434.

The polished finishing of the spear shaped hands is almost flawless.

The polished finishing of the spear shaped hands is almost flawless.

Note the near mint condition of this timepiece, done with minimal restoration work. exceedingly impressive for a timepiece dated to 1947.

Note the near mint condition of this timepiece, done with minimal restoration work, exceedingly impressive for a timepiece dated to 1947.

The 34mm size looks perfect on the wrist. Reminiscent of a classic gentleman's watch.

The 34mm size looks perfect on the wrist. Reminiscent of a classic gentleman’s watch.

The second timepiece we saw made us swoon like school girls. It was a pocket watch, Royal Chronometer in 18K yellow gold. Retails at S$18,900.

The Royal Chronometer in immaculate condition. The needle thin sub seconds hand and clean white enamel dial are both hallmarks of a true piece of historical treasure.

The Royal Chronometer in immaculate condition. The needle thin sub seconds hand and clean white enamel dial are both hallmarks of a true piece of historical treasure.

The Royal Chronometer, uses a white enamel dial and black enamelled Arabic numerals. The tapered hands are nicely finished and polished to perfection.

The Royal Chronometer, uses a white enamel dial and black enamelled Arabic numerals. The tapered hands are nicely finished and polished to perfection.

Small Seconds subdial at 6. Note the beautiful enamel dial, a highly rare find for a timepiece dated 1909. The sketch like quality of the external railroad minute-circle adds to the flavour of the century old pocket watch.

Small Seconds subdial at 6. Note the beautiful enamel dial, a highly rare find for a timepiece dated 1909. The sketch like quality of the external railroad minute-circle adds to the flavour of the century old pocket watch.

Signed and numbered case engraving on the pocket watch which uses a Calibre RA 22"PRC

Signed and numbered case engraving on the pocket watch which uses a Calibre RA 22″PRC

Hand engraved shell lines on the flip cover case. Brilliantly curated and in excellent condition.

Hand engraved shell lines on the flip cover case. Brilliantly curated and in excellent condition.

At Vacheron Constantin, each timepiece is seen as a part of its 260 years of heritage. The customer purchases not only a timepiece but also a piece of history. Through the use of the company’s vast and comprehensive archives and the exceptional talent of its master watchmakers, “Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs” is able to offer its clients timepieces that have been fully and lovingly serviced and restored. This unique service is now available at the Vacheron Constantin Boutique in ION Orchard. Feel free to drop by to discover such jewels in the crown of Vacheron Constantin – timepieces that have been preciously guarded for generations.  

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