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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: 30066
    Movement No: 914’731
    Case No: 739’667
    Model Name: Malte Tonneau Tourbillon
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1790, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Vacheron Constantin pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm length x 36mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the foremost respected and long-lived manufacturers of traditional Swiss timepieces, Vacheron Constantin is among one of the very first. With the evolution of the industry in full swing transitioning from pocket watches to wristwatches in the early 20th century, the firm was among one of the groundbreakers for such revelation. In fact, they were one of the very first to change the traditional round-shaped aesthetic to an unusual tonneau-shaped case. With a Maltese cross featured on the logo, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Malte collection in the year 2000 to commemorate the new millennium and a new era for the heritage of the manufacturer.

    Inspired from the past, it is with no doubt that Vacheron’s Malte collection were exquisite timepieces encased in a tonneau-shaped case. Among the wonderful collection of complicated timepieces, the Malte Tonneau Tourbillon is perhaps the star of the show. Released in 18K pink gold and platinum, the tourbillon wristwatch featured a beautiful slivered guilloche and sunburst dial with a power reserve indicator and a date function present. The large tourbillon escapement is secured by a cage featuring the iconic Maltese cross and is powered by the manually wound caliber 1790. Being the first reference to be introduced to the Malte collection, Vacheron Constantin continues to strive and upgrade the collection of timepieces till date.

    The present Vacheron Constantin Malte Tonneau Tourbillon in 18K pink gold is very well-preserved and is an understated timepiece which played an important pivotal role for the firm’s development and integration to the new millennium. Extremely comfortable on the wrist, the downturned lugs are sculpted to perfection to fit most. It is reasonably one of the most undervalued Vacheron Constantin timepieces in recent times.

  • 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. 30066
A very fine and elegant pink gold tonneau-shaped tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve indication and date

Circa 2000s
36mm length x 36mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$230,000 - 390,000 
€25,000-42,500
$29,500-50,000

Sold for HK$325,000

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