An extremely rare and lavish platinum open face tourbillon pocketwatch with white gold chain

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Movement 1940s, cased in 1992
    Reference No: 92244
    Movement No: 464'276
    Case No: 634'428
    Model Name: Les Complications
    Material: Case: platinum, Chain, 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 22"' SQ TO
    Dimensions: 50mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and chain signed, case further signed Asprey
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming the watch was cased in 1992.
    Literature: A similar tourbillon pocket watch, retailed by Asprey is featured in The World of Vacheron Constantin by Lambelet and Coen p. 231

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lavish, luxurious and bold are just a few adjectives describing the present tourbillon pocket watch by Vacheron Constantin and retailed by Asprey.

    In the late 1980s/early 1990s Vacheron Constantin decided to case a series of chronometer grade tourbillon pocket watch movements which it found in its workshops, certain of which had participated in Observatory trials in Geneva and Neuchatel in the 1940s. The brand decided to rework the movements to be fit for everyday use and to case them either in white, yellow and pink gold as well as in platinum like the present model, each having a slightly different dial and movement decoration.

    It is believed that less than 10 examples of this reference were ever made regardless of metal, and all were sold to London based retailer Asprey.

    Research shows that this is the very first reference 92244 in platinum to grace the international auction market.

    The silver hands and dial with “peacock feather” guilloché create a wonderfully monochrome contemporary feel to the watch, and the movement has been sumptuously hand engraved. The tourbillon is partially visible from the opening in the dial but can be admired in its full glory on the back.

    An incredibly rare and desirable watch, the present timepiece offers the opportunity to obtain a tourbillon made by one of the world’s most prestigious makers.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 92244
An extremely rare and lavish platinum open face tourbillon pocketwatch with white gold chain

Movement 1940s, cased in 1992
50mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and chain signed, case further signed Asprey

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 140,000 
€64,100-128,000
$70,300-141,000

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Virginie Liatard-Roessli
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+41 76 338 91 03
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