18 Carat Gold Vacheron & Constantin Open Face Pocket Watch
18 carat gold Vacheron & Constantin open face pocket watch. Crown wind with sunburst design to rear case. Slight indentations to rear of case. Dial excellent. Code ARD02
The company was founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron In 1770 and created the first complication, nine years later he designed the first engine-turned dials.
His son, and grandson took over the company. In 1819 François Constantin became an associate of Vacheron. The company continued its activity under the name Vacheron & Constantin. The company's motto is, "Do better if possible and that is always possible," first appeared in Constantin's letter to Jacques-Barthélémy dated 5 July 1819.
In 1833, Vacheron and Constantin hired Georges-Auguste Leschot. He was the first person to standardize watch movements into Calibers. In 1844, Georges-Auguste Leschot was awarded with a gold medal. The Arts Society of Geneva highly appreciated his pantographic device, a device that was able to mechanically engrave small watch parts and dials. Later, after Constantin's death in 1854, and Vacheron's death in 1863, the company was taken over by a series of heirs and continues today as a premier watchmaker.