Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile

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2015-06-26 10:30:31

The Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile is a wristwatch with 16 horological complications manufactured by Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin.

The watch

The watch takes its name from the historical site where one of the company’s workshops is located, on the Quai de l’Ile.

The watch is made up of 834 components in a case with a diameter of 47mm and a thickness of 17.8mm. It features a combination of two faces of 16 horological complications. Complications include: a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, a second time-zone, a tourbillion device, and the time equation amongst many others. The production of this model required over 10,000 hours of research and development. Only seven of these watches were made.

In Geneva on April 3rd 2005, a Tour de l’Ile was sold for $1,564,000 at an Antiquorum Auctioneers auction.

Vacheron Constantin

Main article: Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin was established in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, making the company one of the oldest watch making businesses still in existence today.

The company was originally named Vacheron until 1814 when a new partner, Francois Vacheron, joined the company and took over international marketing and sales.

Vacheron Constantin was purchases by the former Saudi Arabian OPEC minister, Sheikh Yamani in 1996, who sold it to the Richemont Group.

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