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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 4178
    Movement No: 466'587
    Case No: 318'377
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13'''V492, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming year of production of the present watch in 1950

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 4178 was first launched in 1940 and in production until 1964. For collectors, it is probably the chronograph most associated with Vacheron Constantin. Immediately recognizable thanks to its gorgeous, highly charismatic teardrop lugs, the 4178 is also considered one of the most beautiful chronograph watches ever made due to its balanced proportions and near-perfect symmetry.

    During its production, the reference 4178 housed two different chronograph calibers: V492 and V434. Research shows us that reference 4178 housing the earlier caliber 492 was made in only 108 examples in pink gold. The present watch is in overall excellent condition retaining the faceted lugs and sensual curves that collectors find so attractive. Having developed a wonderful patina, a reference 4178 in this condition is a rare find - and a true treasure for the connoisseur.

  • 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. 4178
A rare and attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and telemeter and tachometer scale

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 70,000 

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