Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

145 Vacheron Constantin Elegant and Sophisticated, Hour Glass, Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Flared Sides, Guillochè Dial and Subsidiary Seconds, Reference 4591

Estimate: € 7,000 –⁠ 14,000

Model: Hour Glass
Reference: 4591
Case Material: Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1950's
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 435/3C
Case N°: 348238
Movement N°: 485631
Dimensions: 23 x 39.
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 1950s and it’s quite big size of 23 × 39 is pretty much wearable even in modern days. The caliber is the 435/3C, 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 is 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 external guillochè decoration on which have been applied pink gold baton and dot indexes 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.