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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 4737
    Movement No: 501'841
    Case No: 342'084
    Model Name: Cioccolatone
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 477/1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. Width; 43 mm. Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming manufacture of the watch in 1953 and a fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Affectionately nicknamed "Cioccolatone" by collectors due to its resemblance to a square of chocolate, the stepped, square and curved case of the reference 4737 could only have been the brainchild of Vacheron Constantin. Often considered to be the most flamboyant of the two historical Geneva based brands, Vacheron Constantin's Cioccolatone was made in different versions, with or without date, with different movements and also with the extremely sought after full calendar with moonphase model.

    The present lot features the elusive bumper automatic caliber 477/1 which was produced for only 2 short years from 1950-1952 (but cased in different references the subsequent years).

    This reference 4737 impresses by its sheer presence and unusual organic shape, inspired by the lines of the 1950s industrial designs and American automobiles it was not only incredibly avant-garde in the 1950s but still eloquently embodies Vacheron Constantins's creative exuberance. In 2003 Vacheron Constantin revived this case shape by launching the full calendar with moonphase model under the name Toledo 1952, in 2013 Vacheron Constantin relaunched a model in all aspects similar to the present lot under the name Historiques Toledo 1951.

    The present lot will appeal to the non-conformist and the lover of unconventional timepieces.

  • 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. 4737
A very fine and rare oversized yellow gold square-shaped wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and original box

36 mm. Width; 43 mm. Length
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017