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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1954
    Reference No: 6075
    Movement No: 508'685
    Case No: 342'529
    Model Name: Chronomètre Royal
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1008BS, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Gay Frères bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K folding clasp stamped 4-53
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin original fitted box, original certificate, rating certificate, Geneva seal certificate and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1954.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Behind a delightfully historic name (that was registered as a trademark as early as 1907), Vacheron Constantin’s “Chronomètre Royal” is one of horology’s best known models as well as one of the first attempts at serial production of a precision timepiece. Each and every Chronomètre Royal was an ultimate expression of Vacheron Constantin’s know-how, in terms of aesthetic design, chronometry and finishing quality. Accordingly, vintage Chronomètre Royal wristwatches are considered by collectors and scholars to be amongst the finest ever made by any brand.

    The present lot is a fantastic example of Vacheron Constantin’s design acumen, with its large case, beautifully intricate integrated yellow gold bracelet made by Gay Frères and beautiful silver dial with applied and faceted gold hour markers.

    The 1008BS (for Balance Stop) movement is nothing short of superb with its painstaking hand decoration attested by the Geneva seal. It is interesting to note that this movement was the first to offer a “hacking” mechanism in a civilian timepiece. This watch is accompanied by its original chronometer rating results bearing the mention: “particularly good results”.

    Complete with its original box, original Certificate of Origin, Chronomètre Royal Bulletin de Marche, and Geneva seal certificate make the present lot a rare find 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. 6075
A rare and elegant yellow gold chronometer wristwatch with bracelet presented with box, original certificate, rating certificate and Geneva seal certificate

35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018