There was something very magical about standing in the Tower – now occupied by Vacheron Constantin again, after an hiatus of more than 140 years – and looking out as Vacheron’s people did, on the square below, and as they do again in the here and now. It’s one of those places that’s intimately connected to the world of horology, of course, but unlike so many other notable public clocks this one has a deep tie to the world history of a particular company, which, like it, and like the Tower that houses it, are inextricably interwoven with the history, and public life, of the city of Geneva itself.