Vacheron Constantin - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 91180/000R
    Movement No: 884'886
    Case No: 815'318 n°201
    Model Name: Patrimony 250th Anniversary
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1017, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Vacheron Constantin pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture in 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin is one of the world’s most established watchmaking brand, with an uninterrupted history that goes back as far as the birth of Marie-Antoinette in 1755. When Jean-Marc Vacheron started the firm, he would have never imagined that the company he founded would still be in operation today, providing 261 years of continuous service. In 2005, the company celebrated its 250th anniversary with the production of several limited edition watches, including the present example.

    To mark this important date, the brand created a specific timepiece – one that did not exist in its catalog - to be gifted to 250 of its male employees (the ladies also received a timepiece but of a different collection). The present lot is one of these 250 pieces made. Its generous yet slim 40mm pink gold case, slightly bombé black dial and white minute track with the numbers 1755 and 2005 inscribed between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock provide for a time piece of sotto voce flamboyance. The fact that this timepiece was made in celebration of one of horology's greatest milestones yet was never available for sale to the public, makes it a rare treasure for the collection of a discerning Vacheronista.

  • 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. 91180/000R
A fine limited edition pink gold wristwatch made to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the firm

40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF5,000 - 10,000 

Sold for CHF13,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016