Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

137 Vacheron Constantin Extremely Rare and Catching, Fancy Shape Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Massive Sloop Lugs on a French Case

Estimate: € 4,000 –⁠ 8,000

Lot Description

Model: Fancy Case
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1950s
Movement: Manual
Movement N°: 395435
Dimensions: 23 × 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Vacheron Constantin’s willingness to offer alternative designs to classical dress wristwatches appears as early as the 1920s. The brand’s innovative and sometimes disruptive designs are well known among collectors and unusual designs have become a key element of the brand DNA. In the course of the 20th century many different movements such as Dadaism, Expressionism and Surrealism influenced all the arts. Thus, artists and designers tried to look beyond their historical past, and together with changing consumer tastes, shaped a new modern look and feel in architecture, furniture and design. The lot here offered is a perfect reflection of this mindset, but despite what is written on the dial, its innovative and unconventional case has been manufactured by a French case maker upon special request. Fully manufactured in yellow gold, the square case is a perfect example of a study in “no frills” design yet its cavalcade of strong lines and gentle curves give the present lot immense personality. Preserved in impressive condition, the case displays a strong design with massive sloop lugs and sharp edges. The champagne dial signed by Vacheron Constantin has a geometric layout with black Roman numerals and a square structure that recalls the rest of the case. Equipped with a solid yellow-gold bracelet, this very watch is definitely charming and uncommon creations as rarely has happened to witness on the watch market and for this reason a very interesting opportunity to purchase an absolutely rare specimen.