Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 82035/000R
    Movement No: 5180963
    Case No: 1167414
    Model Name: Historiques American 1921
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 4400 AS, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle signed Vacheron Constantin
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Certificate of Origin dated 5th February 2009, Geneva Seal certificate, service booklet, cleaning cloth, box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born from the desire to pay tribute to Vacheron Constantin's rich heritage, the Historiques American 1921 revives the emblematic model launched in 1921 specifically designed for the American market during the Roaring Twenties. It was a time of economic prosperity with a distinctive artistic and cultural dynamism. Jazz was blossoming, the flapper was redefining women’s fashion, and Art Deco was on its peak. With this new era came a new kind of wristwatch – a watch embodying the ethos of artistic freedom and expression. When it came out, the Vacheron Constantin 1921 broke all the codes of traditional watches commonly presented in a rectangular or round case.

    The present timepiece sports a polished 18K pink gold cushion-shaped case with a crown positioned at 1 o'clock. With its 40 mm diameter, the watch has a great presence on the wrist. Classically inspired, elegant, yet original, this Historiques American 1921 is the watch for "dandy" by excellence – fit to party in a tux as much as with a pair of jeans and an ivy cap. The dial has been embellished with a sandblasted finish, featuring Breguet numerals and a railway minute track that can be read diagonally. Fitted with a domed sapphire crystal, the watch features a transparent caseback allowing its beholder to admire the exceptional finishes of the movement housing the hand-wound calibre 4400 AS stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.

    The Historiques American 1921 should delight connoisseurs and amateurs of both classic and daring Haute Horlogerie who are looking for pieces of a different time.

  • 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. 82035/000R
An elegant pink gold cushion-shaped wristwatch with fitted box and guarantee

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF35,280

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022