Vacheron Constantin : Promoting and perpetuating artistic crafts

Third and last set of a series of exceptional timepieces, La Symbolique des Laques represents a tribute to the natural beauty of the seasons, crafted by the oldest Japanese lacquer company, Zôhiko (1661).

Ever since the first apprentice was hired in the mid-18th century, the principle of passing on know-how has been an integral part of the Vacheron Constantin DNA. Faced with the tidal wave of successive trends and the relentless emergence of technological innovations, this survival instinct ingrained into the genetic makeup of the artistic crafts was illustrated this year by the European Study Days on Artistic Crafts, in which the Manufacture played a particularly active role, notably through exhibitions staged in Geneva, Milan and Paris.

Through these events, the Manufacture has contributed to supporting artistic crafts on an institutional level within a high-quality cultural environment. On this occasion, Vacheron Constantin not only revealed the last set of the Métiers d’Art – La Symbolique des Laques collection, but also presented its new initiative on behalf of artistic crafts : the Cercle 250. Eager to preserve and share this hand-crafted heritage, this organisation invites international companies that like Vacheron Constantin have been active for over 250 years, to join forces in preserving, perpetuating and promoting the Artistic Crafts.

In parallel, this philosophy of passing on knowledge and expertise naturally leads Vacheron Constantin to invest in building a new 1,000 sq.m. training centre in Canton Geneva: the Campus Genevois de Haute Horlogerie, in association with three other companies in the Richemont group (Roger Dubuis, Van Cleef & Arpels and Manufacture Stern Genève).

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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