The 1970s were trying times for the world of mechanical watchmaking. With the Quartz Crisis in full swing, sales declining, and many brands closing up shop, one of Switzerland’s most cherished industries was facing down a bleak and tenuous future. And while the changes of the times were disastrous for many, others fought back and faced down uncertainty by responding with greatness. This is what brought the market the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak; and Gérald Genta’s other classic, the Patek Philippe Nautilus,; and Genta’s other other classic, the IWC Ingenieur. And in these trying times, some brands followed Genta’s brilliance and produced their own take on the luxury steel sports watch, one of which was the Vacheron Constantin.
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