The summit that took place on July 18th 1955 was a crucial meeting between the ’Big Four’ Heads of Government (The United Kingdom, the United States, France and the USSR) to openly discuss European security, German unification, nuclear disarmament, and East-West relations and the mounting tensions between them. Although no firm agreements were reached, it was widely recognised that this was an important first step in easing the political deadlock between the World leaders.
Similar to the famous Victory watches, a group of Swiss dignitaries gifted the group the finest of Swiss horological production. Eight Reference 6032 Vacheron Constantin wristwatches were presented to them in tribute to the leaders' continued efforts to find peace. Each watch was personally engraved with the name of the politicians, the date of the conference and originally accompanied by a letter signed by the generous patrons expressing their gratitude.
The inscription on the watch reads, ‘ Hommage de Citoyans de Geneve, A son Excellence Sir Anthony Eden 1re Ministre de Mojeste Britannique, Conference de Geneve July 1955’
We are extremely grateful to Vacheron Constantin for opening their archives and sharing this incredible and fascinating piece of history.
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