Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE Geneva Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 30'050
    Movement No: 828'949 and 257
    Case No: 705'326
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1760, 28 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow gold half Maltese cross pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Certificate of Origin from 1999, presentation box, pouch and Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the early 1990s, Vacheron Constantin courageously decided to develop its first modern tourbillon wristwatch. The result was the exquisite caliber 1760 of which only 300 were made. A certain number of these movements were cased in yellow gold or platinum and launched as part of their “Complications” collection in the reference 30050.

    Measuring a dramatic and very harmonious 38 mm in diameter, the powerful yet elegant case features an exhibition caseback allowing the movement to be viewed. Featuring two mainspring barrels, the tourbillon cage of the immaculately finished caliber 1760 was designed in the shape of a Maltese Cross – the emblem of Vacheron Constantin since 1780. The dial is extremely well made, featuring a delicate, hand-guilloché pattern and adorned with an appealing mix of applied Roman numeral and faceted, dagger-shaped hour markers. The present example is presented in excellent condition, still retaining the Vacheron Constantin service sticker on the caseback.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 30'050
A very fine and attractive, limited edition yellow gold tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve and engine turned dial

38mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF62,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE

Geneva Auction 15 May 2016