Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

220 Vacheron Constantin Extremely Rare and Oversized, 222 Jumbo, Automatic Wristwatch in Gold, With Champagne Diamond-set Dial and Bezel, Reference 44518/411

Estimate: € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 143,000

Lot Description

Model: 222 Jumbo
Reference: 44518/411
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1995
Movement: Automatic
Case N°: 549 134
Movement N°: 719 561
Dimensions: 37 × 45 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Papers

The 1970s saw the introduction of the three top sport-luxury watches: Patek Philippe had the Nautilus, Audemars Piguet had the Royal Oak, while Vacheron Constantin had the 222. Whereas the first two brands asked for the help of the genius of Gerald Genta, Vacheron Constantin turned to the young maverick designer Jorg Hysek to create a sporty yet elegant watch to commemorate the brand’s 222nd anniversary in 1977. The result was the reference 44018. With a striking tonneau case shape of 37 mm, and thus known as “Jumbo”, it is a clever monobloc construction, similar to other watches of the era, featuring sharp facets and angles and the distinctive Maltese Cross at the lower right of the case top. Interestingly, the case features an anti-magnetic shield and together with the screw-down bezel provides a water resistance of up to 120 m. The Jumbo was produced in very limited numbers around 700 pieces total. Predominantly found in stainless steel, the Jumbo was also available in yellow gold/stainless steel, white gold and 18k yellow gold. There are also a very limited number of diamonds set examples bearing the reference 44518/411, such as the lot here offered. Equipped with special dials featuring 11 brilliant cut diamonds at the hour markers and on the bezel, this very specimen is absolutely astonishing and precious. The scalloped bezel and the hexagonal flat links of the bracelet, as well as its ultra-thin, automatic caliber make this 222 Jumbo in gold one of the rarest and sought after considering that it was in production for only 7 years. Moreover, the 222 Jumbo was made in far fewer numbers than both the Royal Oak and Nautilus: just to make it clear, the total of 222 production was only around a quarter of the original A-Series Royal Oak Jumbo.