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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 33115
    Movement No: 790'216
    Case No: 662'044
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 1003, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Vacheron Constantin crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Vacheron Constantin buckle stamped with the Maltese Cross
    Dimensions: 33 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Vacheron Constantin International Warranty dated 1 October 1997.
    Literature: For an illustration and discussion on skeletonized Vacheron Constantin movements, please see Vacheron Constantin Artists of Time by Franco Cologni, page 294 and 295.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The first known Vacheron Constantin movement to be skeletonized dates back to 1924, where the firm's master engravers decorated the movement by hand to highlight the functional beauty of the mechanism.

    The present watch is a rare example of a skeletonized wristwatch by Vacheron Constantin and displays a degree of sophistication and watchmaking know-how at the famous Geneva firm.

  • 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. 33115
A rare white gold skeletonised wristwatch

Circa 1997
33 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for HK$81,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am