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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 4737
    Movement No: 501'436
    Case No: 333'135
    Model Name: Cioccolatone
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 477/1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown crocodile leather strap
    Dimensions: 35 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1953.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Affectionately nicknamed 'Cioccolatone' by collectors due to its resemblance to a square of chocolate, the stepped, square and curved case of the reference 4737 could only have been the brainchild of Vacheron Constantin.

    Often considered to be the more flamboyant of the two historical Geneva based brands, Vacheron Constantin's Cioccolatone was made in different versions, with or without date, with different movements and also with the extremely sought after full calendar with moonphase model.

  • 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. 4737
A fine and rare yellow gold oversized wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

35 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$137,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017