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“GENEVA AT THE HEART OF TIME” unveiled in China

GENEVA AT THE HEART OF TIME

The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture

Exhibition Unveiled at Capital Museum of China

Today, the “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition organized by Capital Museum, China in collaboration with Museum of Art and History, Geneva and Vacheron Constantin has been officially opened in Capital Museum, China. In the context of the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations between Switzerland and People’s Republic of China, it is the first ever Swiss horological exhibition in Capital Museum.

With about 350 exhibits including antiques clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches, as well as watchmaking tools and equipment on display, the exhibition displays the history and excellence of Swiss watchmaking and offers a unique view into the fine watchmaking history in Geneva, the cradle of fine watchmaking for more than three centuries, with a focus on its technical aspects and craftsmanship excellence. The exhibition will open to public from April 24th to August 12th, 2015, on a complimentary basis.

Left to right : Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Mr. Jean-Yves Marin, Director of Art and History Museum, Geneva, Mr. Guo Xiaoling, Director of Capital Museum, China, Ms. Estelle Fallet, Deputy Curator of the Art and History Museum, Geneva and Mr. Julien Marchenoir, Brand Equity and Heritage Director of Vacheron Constantin at the press conference of “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition Museum, Geneva and Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin at the ribbon-cutting ceremony during “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition’s opening ceremony
Left to right : Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Mr. Jean-Yves Marin, Director of Art and History Museum, Geneva, Mr. Guo Xiaoling, Director of Capital Museum, China, Ms. Estelle Fallet, Deputy Curator of the Art and History Museum, Geneva and Mr. Julien Marchenoir, Brand Equity and Heritage Director of Vacheron Constantin at the press conference of “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition

More than 200 watches and enamel exhibits of Museum of Art and History, Geneva are exquisite and precious, for example, “Les Frères Huault”, Geneva (Switzerland), enamelers; Fromanteel, watchmaker, London (England), Gilt brass and enamel pocket watch, ca. 1680 and Rochat Frères, Cage with three singing birds and striking watch, Geneva (Switzerland), ca. 1814. The Manufacture Vacheron Constantin also exhibits about 80 exclusive pieces from its heritage collection, including the first-known pocket watch created by Jean-Marc Vacheron, founder of Vacheron Constantin, and an exquisite skeleton pocket watch presented at the National Exhibition of Zurich in 1939. In addition, Vacheron Constantin shows some precious tools and equipment.

Left to right : Mr. Guo Xiaoling, Director of Capital Museum, China, Mr. Jean-Yves Marin, Director of Art and History Museum, Geneva and Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin toasting to guests at “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition’s opening ceremony
Left to right : Mr. Guo Xiaoling, Director of Capital Museum, China, Mr. Jean-Yves Marin, Director of Art and History Museum, Geneva and Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin toasting to guests at “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition’s opening ceremony

The exhibition also showcases a reconstructed 18th Century Geneva cabinotiers workshop, based on a painting by Christophe François von Ziegler on display at Museum of Art & History, Geneva.

In addition to the exhibition of heritage pieces, craftsmen from Geneva, including Master Watchmaker, Master Enameller, Master Gemsetter, Master Engraver, and Master Guillocheur demonstrate, in dedicated spaces in the exhibition, their age-old, yet state-of-the-art techniques from April 23rd to May 3rd, May 28th to June 3rd, and July 9th to July 15th, 2015.

Inside “Geneva at the Heart of Time – The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture” exhibition

(Left) The reconstructed 18th Century Geneva cabinotiers workshop, based on a painting by Christophe François von Ziegler
(Center) Master Watchmaker from Geneva demonstrating his age-old, yet state-of-the-art technique
(Right) Master Enameller from Geneva demonstrating his age-old, yet state-of-the-art technique

www.capitalmuseum.org.cn   |   Geneva Museum of Art and History   |   www.vacheron-constantin.com

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