Jean-Marc Vacheron

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Jean-Marc Vacheron
Born(1731-04-29)April 29, 1731
Died1805 (aged 73–74)

Jean-Marc Vacheron (1731–1805) was a Swiss horologist and a founder of the Vacheron Constantin watch company. He was a close friend of leading Enlightenment philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire due to their common interests in philosophy, science and watchmaking.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jean-Marc Vacheron was born in 1731 in Geneva, Switzerland.[4] His father was Jean-Jacques Vacheron.[4]


Vacheron opened his watch shop in 1755.[4]

His timepieces naturally bore the name "Jean-Marc Vacheron". At that time he was 24 years old and was one of many cabinotiers-watchmakers who specialized in the production of certain components, selling them to so-called etablisseurs. The watchmakers were called cabinotiers in honor of the well-lit cabinets on the top floors of the houses in Geneva's Saint-Gervais neighborhood, where they worked.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Vacheron had five children. His sons Louis Andre (born in 1755) and Abraham (born in 1760) followed in his footsteps.


He died in 1805.[4]


  1. ^, S. W. I.; Corporation, a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting. "Vacheron Constantin ticks over 250 years". SWI Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  2. ^ "Opening of "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin - A Legacy of Watchmaking since 1755" Exhinibition" (PDF). National University of Singapore. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  3. ^ "Vacheron Constantin honors Jean-Jacques Rousseau". Chronos Plus. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jean-Marc Vacheron: 1731 - 1805, Suisse" (in French). Le Point.
  5. ^ "Vacheron Constantin Atelier Cabinotiers". worldtempus. Retrieved 17 August 2013.


  • WatchTime Magazine - Edition Vacheron Constantin special (October 2009)