Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

69 Vacheron Constantin Fascinating and Attractive Round Shaped Manual Winding Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 4880, Center Seconds Guillochè Dial and Fancy Lugs

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Sold € 6,760

Lot Description

Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 4880
Year: 1952
Case N°: 334215
Caliber: P454/5B
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 495260
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

In the second and third decades of the 1900s, Vacheron Constantin made its way into the idea of ​​being able to offer innovative alternatives to the classic designs of dress-watches that had become widely accepted in those years. The Swiss brand then specialized in the creation of cases with particular shapes and details that could also break the mold. The results were varied, with numerous rectangular and square models that immediately stole the scene. Even the circular case, however, underwent changes in one of the few details that could be modified according to the human whim: the lugs. Thus was born the unique 4880 reference. The present 35 mm diameter case with snap on back was made of yellow gold and is well preserved with a slight oxidation that develops evenly. The real peculiarity are the lugs with their particular shape with double claw overhanging that embellish the watch. The silver dial has a honeycomb decoration with applied baton indexes and arabic numerals both in yellow gold. The caliber is instead a P454/5B with center seconds. This particular style has become a Vacheron hallmark and the low number of watches available on the market with fancy lugs makes the few specimens like this extremely palatable.