Vacheron Constantin - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 6034
    Movement No: 528'868
    Case No: 344'789
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 454/5B, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract From the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1958 and by Vacheron Constantin fitted box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron adopted the Maltese cross emblem as its logo in 1880 (125 years after its founding in 1755) not in tribute to a religious order but in homage to its technical watchmaking roots and the shape of a component found in its pocketwatches that prevented over winding of the movement.

    In 1955, in celebration of its 200th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin integrated its logo into a watch design creating a timepiece with lugs shaped like a quarter of a Maltese cross, showcasing the brand's renowned creative freedom and progressive artistic vision.

    The present lot with its large elegant pink gold case also features this surprising element. The flamboyance of the case design is subdued by the perfectly preserved silver dial with baton markers devoid of any extra indication.

    This reference 6034 houses the superbly finished Vacheron Constantin caliber 454 featuring a swan neck regulator.

    A delicate mix of flamboyance and panache, the present timepiece would definitely feel at home on an immaculately tailored wrist.

  • 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. 6034
A fine and rare large pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and fitted box

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for CHF13,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017