7 November 2014 - Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Haute Horlogerie manufacture with almost 260 years of uninterrupted history, celebrated the grand opening of its latest boutique in ION Orchard, Singapore. The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr Julien Tornare, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin Asia Pacific, in the presence of His Excellency Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland to Singapore and Mr Chris Chong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments.
On the occasion of the grand opening, Vacheron Constantin presented The Sound of Time, a special exhibition dedicated to striking timepieces throughout the Maison’s history. Upon arrival, guests were able to discover an 1812 red gold quarter-repeater pocket watch with an enamel dial testifying to this longstanding tradition, and the new Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, the thinnest manual-winding minute repeater timepiece, along with seventeen other antique striking timepieces from Vacheron Constantin Museum.
Supporting creativity is an intrinsic value of Vacheron Constantin and a guiding principle behind the company’s many activities ever since the founder Jean-Marc Vacheron opened his workshop in Geneva in 1755. An interactive digital art installation within the exhibition – The Minute Repeater, An ECAL and Vacheron Constantin Project, showcased the result of an excellent partnership between Vacheron Constantin and the students from ECAL – Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, and their interpretation on the components of the minute repeater timepiece.
Following the exhibition tour, guests were invited to discover the new boutique, where they witnessed the world premiere of some exceptional creations, including the Métier d’Art Hommage a l’Art de la Danse 2014 and the new Traditionnelle timepiece in Platinum. Guests also had the chance to see Vacheron Constantin’s in-house watchmaker at work.Also, for the first time in Asia, Vacheron Constantin presented a selection of vintage timepieces at its new Singapore boutique in ION Orchard, known as Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs. Les Collectionneurs will be available for purchase, giving collectors another avenue to acquire vintage Vacheron Constantin timepieces. Each Les Collectionneurs timepiece will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Geneva-based Manufacturer. The exclusive collection may be viewed within the Flagship’s Heritage Room, a VIP area which incorporates contemporary elements into the traditional design through an architectural perspective that reveals the brand’s constant search for excellence and aesthetic perfection.
Guests were then escorted to experience a gastronomic voyage in the art gallery at Ion Orchard. The gallery was dramatically illuminated and animated to celebrate the grand opening of the new Singapore boutique. During the welcome speech, Mr Julien Tornare, Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin Asia Pacific, highlighted the Maison’s long-standing heritage to embrace the art of watchmaking excellence with a strong dedication to exceptional quality and commitment to artistic creativity. The evening concluded with the highlight of a special performance by renowned glass harpist Mr Robert Tiso, who was specially flown in from Milan for the event.
Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique 2 Orchard Turn #02-07 ION Orchard Singapore 238801 Tel: (65) 6509 8800
About the boutique
Situated in one of the city’s luxury destination shopping malls, and with more than 2,000 sq. ft. of floor space, this new boutique is set to welcome watch collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. A window into the exceptional universe of Vacheron Constantin, the space has been transformed into a sophisticated emporium dedicated to fine watchmaking.
The boutique’s interior design echoes the high level of craftsmanship and finishing embodied in Vacheron Constantin timepieces. The shop front features a beveled, square-shaped glass decoration specially customized for the space. Inside, custom-made Murano glass chandeliers from Italy grace the central area, endowing the ambience with a crystalline quality. Natural oak, Italian marble flooring, walnut veneer and leather showcases create an environment of refined elegance that allures customers to appreciate the culture, history and tradition of excellence that defines Vacheron Constantin.
About Vacheron Constantin
Founded in 1755 in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking manufacturer in the world, with an uninterrupted activity for nearly 260 years. Founders of the very spirit of the precious and technical fine watch making, the men and the women of Vacheron Constantin continue to design, develop and produce exceptional timekeepers, remaining close to the three fundamentals of the brand: perfectly mastered technique, harmonious and inspired aesthetics and an extremely high level of finishing touches. Vacheron Constantin is present in 80 countries around the world, distributed through more than 36 exclusive boutiques and a network of almost 340 specialist fine timepiece and jewellery retailers.