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.

70 Vacheron Constantin Elegant and Sophisticated Rectangular-Shaped Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 4591, Flared Sides, Guillochè Dial, Subsidiary Seconds and Original Box

Estimate: € 10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Material: Pink Gold
Reference N°: 4591
Year: 1951
Case N°: 324319
Caliber: 435/3C
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 473343
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 23x38mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Among the traditional “Big 3” watch makers (Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe) is considered that Patek and Vacheron are the two which tented to add that little extra creativity for the style and design of their cases. Not always completely appreciated, these special cases with unusual shapes are in the midst of a collecting whirlwind for those who are trying to expand their boundaries. Among the Vacheron creations, one that certainly does justice to this reputation is certainly the reference 4591 of which we are pleased to have an example. This stylish beauty comes directly from the 1950’s and its quite big size of 23 × 38 is pretty much wearable even in modern days. The caliber is the 453/3C, based on a Jaeger LeCoultre ebauche, nothing to be surprised of because in the post war period Jaeger was the biggest supplier of movement for Vacheron. To protect this movement the real star of the watch: a rose gold case with an absolutely special shape. This rectangular shell presents on the sides two central overhanging pink gold decorative elements, four rounded lugs and a “bombé” crystal extremely well hand crafted with small “folding” line from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock. The dial is another remarkable feature with its two-tone composition and the amazing guillochè decoration on which have been applied pink gold dart and dot indexes and Arabic numerals while at 6 o’clock the smooth subsidiary dial for seconds. This watch is a lavish creation from Vacheron Constantin and for rectangular watches collectors is a totally unmistakable object for conditions, quality and rarity.