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.

8 Vacheron Constantin Very Fine and Attractive Disco Volante Round Flat Shape Manual Winding Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 4986, With Centre Seconds Pink Dial

Estimate: € 4,000 –⁠ 8,000

Sold € 4,420

Lot Description

Model: Disco Volante
Material: Pink Gold
Reference N°: 4986
Year: 1950s
Case N°: 348169
Caliber: 1002
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 524030
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 34.5 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement

Vacheron Constantin is nowadays the oldest watch brand in the world with a production that has never been interrupted throughout all these years. Pocket watches were the main focus of the brad at the beginning of their journey but the transition of tastes in favor of wristwatches served as an opportunity for Vacheron Constantin to further demonstrate its expertise. The quest for satisfying the demands of the watch buying market pushed the brand not only to the development of complicated watches but also to the creation of designs that could surprise and amaze. Time-only watches weren’t the main goal for the Swiss watchmaker but with a widespread economic crisis, customer’s pockets could not afford exaggerated expenses with buying complicated watches. This led to the creation of some absolutely interesting models in their simplicity and elegance as the present “flying saucer”, reference 4986. The nickname chosen for this watch is easy to understand given the particular shape of its stepped case. The present lot is one of the nicest ever appeared to auctions in recent years. The case with curved thin lugs has been produced in 18k pink gold and has been extremely well preserved. The smooth bezel still shows a clear step, the hallmark on the lug at 5 o’clock and the snap on back has no signs of wearing. Collectors of this period will note that Vacheron produced a watch in no more than 24 examples of any one configuration, which means that this lot is definetly rare to find. Moreover, the dial configuration is absolutely special maintain the tone-on-tone with its pink color very nicely preserved, the applied pink gold baton numerals and the rare characteristic of the sweep center seconds, since usually these models have seconds at 6. Remaining dedicated to the craft in its traditional form, Vacheron’s collections managed to reflect classicism and elegance and this lot is one of those gorgeous creations.