Monday, June 20, 2005

The many names of Vacheron & Constantin

We've all seen with corporate mergers and business ownership changes the names of very popular brands switch around (sometimes multiple times): think FedEx-Kinkos, AOL TIme Warner, Exxon Mobil, etc. Well the same thing was going on the 18th & 19th centuries. Take the watch house of Vacheron & Constantin for example:

1755 - The company is founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron and watches are signed J.M. Vacheron.

1785 - company ownership & name changed to Abraham Vacheron-Girod

1810 - changed to Vacheron-Chossat

1867 - changed to Cesar Vacheron & Co

1869 - two short years later it becomes Charles Vacheron & Cie

1870 - one year later changed back to Vve. Cesar Vacheron & Cie

1877 - name is formally & permanently changed to Vacheron & Constantin

You can check out a great timeline of Vacheron history by ThomasM on


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