A rare and very fine platinum wristwatch with champlevé enamel Taiwan dial, retrograde hands, made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Gerardus Mercator

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 2000
    Reference No: 43050
    Movement No: 861'923
    Case No: No. 3, 701'496
    Model Name: Mercator
    Material: Platinum and champlevé enamel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1120, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Vacheron Constantin double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movements signed
    Accessories: With wooden Vacheron Constantin fitted presentation box, two Certificates of Authenticity one dated July 21st 2000, Canton of Geneva Certificate of Origin, hang tag, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin’s Mercator collection celebrates the life and times of Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) a Renaissance man with interests in geography and geometry. He was a known cartographer whose maps changed the way man viewed his surroundings.

    The Mercator with champlevé enamel dial was made in collaboration with Jean and Lucie Genbrugge, Belgium enamellers whose names are featured on the dial. Various dials were made using original maps by Gerard Mercator as inspiration. The present watch features a map of the South China Sea, with Taiwan and the eastern coast of China. In lovely original condition and with box and papers, this collector’s watch is a tribute to both Mercator and the technical expertise of Vacheron Constantin.

  • Maker Bio

    Vacheron Constantin

    Swiss • 1755

    The world's oldest watch brand in continuous operation since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts beginning in 1839. Vacheron's watches are admired for their Latin-influenced case designs, well-balanced proportions and exquisitely finished movements of the highest quality. The Geneva-based manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l'Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015.



    Key vintage models include minute repeating wristwatches such as the references 4261, chronographs such as the references 4178 and 6087 and the oversized Cioccolotone models such as ref. 4737. Collectors also appreciate Vacheron's Chronometer Royal pocket and wristwatches, as well as the '222,' the brand's first luxury sports watch produced from 1977 through 1984.

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FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN COLLECTOR

Ref. 43050
A rare and very fine platinum wristwatch with champlevé enamel Taiwan dial, retrograde hands, made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Gerardus Mercator

江詩丹頓,「Mercator」型號43050,精細及十分罕有,鉑金自動上弦腕錶,配東亞及台灣地圖內填琺瑯錶盤、雙逆反指針顯示小時及分鐘,編號第3號,約2000年製。附錶盒和證書

2000
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movements signed

Estimate
HK$180,000 - 320,000 
€19,800-35,200
$23,100-41,000

sold for HK$362,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018