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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Circa 1937
    Reference No: 4075
    Movement No: 420'629
    Case No: 262'718
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Vacheron Constantin crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt buckle
    Dimensions: 33.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Vacheron Constantin fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 4075 was first manufactured in 1937 and released in extremely limited quantities. Literature suggests that 48 pieces were produced in yellow gold.

    The present yellow gold chronograph with mobile lugs was manufactured in 1937. However, the model only received a reference number in 1938, which means the present watch does not have a reference engraving on the caseback, which is correct for the time period.

    The present lot is particularly unique due to its case back engraving that displays a crown motif with “Eugene de Veauce” written underneath. Our research suggests that “Eugene de Veauce” may refer to Baron Eugène Amable Adolphus Edward de Cadier de Veauce, the son of the Baron de Veauce and his English wife, of the Chateau de Veauce, near Vichy.

  • 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. 4075
A very fine and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with flexible lugs and original fitted presentation box

Circa 1937
33.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$375,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am