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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 91180
    Movement No: 88'516
    Case No: 815'278
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1017, tonneau-shaped, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Vacheron Constantin pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by copy of Vacheron Constantin letter dated November 6, 2018 certifying the watch was examined by the company and needed no intervention being in good working order, watch pouch and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the present watch in 2005.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2005, Vacheron Constantin celebrated its 250th anniversary with the production of several limited edition watches, including the present example. The present timepiece did not exist in Vacheron’s catalog at the time. It was made to be gifted to 250 of its male employees (the ladies also received a timepiece but of a different collection). The present lot is one of these 250 pieces made.

    Its generous yet slim 40mm pink gold case, slightly bombé black dial and white minute track with the numbers 1755 and 2005 inscribed between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock provide for a time piece of sotto voce flamboyance. The fact that this timepiece was made in celebration of one of horology's greatest milestones yet was never available for sale to the public makes it a rare treasure for the collection of a discerning Vacheronista.

  • 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. 91180
A fine, large and very rare pink gold wristwatch with black dial, numbered 161 of a limited edition of 250 pieces

39 mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$62,000 - 94,000 

Sold for HK$93,750

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019