Vacheron Constantin - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1870
    Movement No: 131’066
    Case No: 131’066
    Material: 18K yellow gold, enamel, diamond and pearl
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 12’’’ HR
    Dimensions: 34mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with pearls in 1870.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Established by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has been manufacturing timepieces from pocket watches and wristwatches, to time only or complicated watches, as well as rare and intricate enamel watches. Lady’s pendant watches have long been collected both as a timepiece, and a decorative work of art, with the present Vacheron Constantin from 1870 a delightful example of the workmanship and vision the brand has long been known since they were founded 265 years ago.

    The white enamel dial with Roman numerals and “Charles Vacheron Et Co” signature at the six o’clock betrays little of the exquisite workmanship revealed when the timepiece is turned over. The black enamel background is enhanced with a multi-chrome vignette with cherub holding a dove all set within a frame of old mine cut diamonds. The case is further decorated with pearls along with bezel and crown, and has a delightful feminine aesthetic that would have pleased a late 19th century courtesan or lady of the house.

    The watch is in excellent overall condition with the original enamel work, and is a wonderful representation of a Vacheron Constantin work of art.

  • 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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A rare and very attractive yellow gold, pearl, enamel and gem-set open-faced pendant watch

34mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$60,480

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020