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

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    • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
      Year: 1985
      Reference No: 44018
      Movement No: 719'674
      Case No: 571'209
      Model Name: 222 "Jumbo"
      Material: 18K yellow gold
      Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1121, 36 jewels
      Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin bracelet, max length 190mm
      Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin deployant clasp
      Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
      Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
      Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives.

    • Catalogue Essay

      The 1970s were a time of upheaval, disruption, and rule-breaking. The Swiss watch business, which prides itself on history, was no exception. During this time, the first steel luxury timepieces were introduced, with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus being the most notable examples. While Gerald Genta developed these two watches, Vacheron Constantin commissioned Jorg Hysek, a young maverick designer, to build a sports luxury watch to honor the brand's 222nd anniversary in 1977.

      Its tonneau case is made of a single piece that is opened by a screwed-in porthole type fluted bezel, and it is water resistant to 120 meters. Only the 222 came with an integrated bracelet made of the same metal as the case. The ultra-thin, automatic calibre 1121 housed within the 222 is Vacheron's answer to the famed Jaeger LeCoultre calibre 920 seen in the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The 222's design is distinguished from its premium sports watch competitors of the era by the scalloped bezel and hexagonal flat links of the bracelet, as well as the little Maltese cross inserted on the case.

      According to research, the 222 "Jumbo" was produced in less than 500 pieces in steel, roughly 150 in yellow gold, and less than 100 in steel/yellow gold over its 7-year manufacturing life.
      The current watch, in excellent overall condition has developed a warm and attractive patina, exuding a long gone 1970's aura this timepiece is a living statement of the flamboyance those decades are known for.

    • 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. 44018
A very elegant, attractive and well preserved yellow gold wristwatch with date and integrated bracelet

1985
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 
€39,100-78,200
$41,500-83,000

Sold for CHF163,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022