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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: 43031/3
    Movement No: 733'197
    Case No: 611'598
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1120/1, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin bracelet, max length 186mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1991.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is fitted with the legendary caliber 1120. Originally conceived and designed by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1960s as the caliber 920, but never used by them, it was the thinnest automatic movement in the world. It is the only movement that is shared by the holy trinity of watchmakers that is Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.

    Vacheron Constantin still uses this caliber in its current production, bridging the gap between vintage and modern wristwatches.

    The present movement is furthermore modified with a perpetual calendar complication, which is remarkable, considering how thin the case is. The watch is fitted with a heavy and luxurious integrated woven bracelet, and a diamond set bezel, offering immense value and history for the collector and scholar.

  • 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. 43031/3
A fine and ultra thin yellow gold and diamond-set perpetual calendar bracelet watch with leap year indicator and moonphases

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF10,625

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017