Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE Geneva Friday, May 12, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 4240
    Movement No: 429'560
    Case No: 273'746
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 455, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Toad
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the watch in 1942

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin has a long history of producing calendar watches. Its first identified complicated timepiece is a full calendar from 1790. However, it was not until the launch of reference 4240 in 1942, that this complication entered the brand’s catalogue as a complication produced in series and no longer as one-offs.

    These elegant timepieces came in several different case metals and dial variations and all, except the version with the moonphase, housed the manual winding caliber 485.

    The present watch displays a very attractive 35mm diameter yellow gold fluted case with wonderful claw lugs. The red day and month are indicated via apertures and the date via a central hand showing against a wonderful two-tone champagne dial with red calendar track.

    As this particular type of watch represented only a very small portion of the Vacheron Constantin’s production, they are very hard to find and remain a rare treat for the discerning collector.

  • 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. 4240
A very attractive yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with two-tone champagne dial and fancy lugs

35mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017