Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1950
    Reference No: 4659
    Movement No: 478'604
    Case No: 319'365
    Model Name: Crab Lugs
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. P453/3C, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1950.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The two decades stretching between the 1950s and 1960s are an extremely prolific period for watchmaking design. One notices a strong trend toward dials featuring less and less graphic elements in favor of unusual textures, colors and materials. The case design as well follows a similar road with architectures based on - sometimes - very elaborate shapes.

    The present watch fully exemplifies this trend in both case and dial. The latter is indeed without virtually any graphic element other than the signature and the second divisions in the subdial. It is however decorated with a very elaborate guilloché decor, long baton, short baton and Arabic numerals in gold, and outer beady minute divisions also in gold. The case features an equally interesting design, most notable for the highly prominent fancy lugs which vaguely resemble a crab claw and give the name to this reference: Crab Lugs.

    Offered in remarkable condition, the present piece is a perfect example of 1950s watchmaking design which will not fail to surprise and impress the connoisseur of vintage watches.

  • 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. 4659
A fine, rare and unusual yellow gold wristwatch with guilloché dial and crab lugs

35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF14,375

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019