Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

17 Vacheron Constantin Elegant and Sophisticated, Hour Glass, Wristwatch in Platinum, Flared Sides and Diamond-Set Hour Markers Dial, Reference 4591

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 24,700

Model: Hour Glass
Reference: 4591
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1959
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 435/3C
Case N°: 362815
Movement N°: 485 848
Dimensions: 23 × 39
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Launched in 1949, the reference 4591 embodies the voluptuous curves and futuristic shapes that defined post World War II design and exuberance. After a dark period for all the humanity, in all the fields have been embraced new lines that used materials that had previously been in short supply, usually linked with audacious designs. The rectangular case of the present lot has a bold clean design and is surely one of these creations, foreshadowing a mid-century design aesthetic. Affectionately known by collectors as “The Hour Glass”, this rectangular shell presents on the sides two central overhanging platinum 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 case’s dynamism is tempered with a discreet dial, featuring a silver finish and a small seconds sub-dial but in order to add a pinch of preciousness have been chosen diamonds as indexes, keeping a superbly monochromatic result. Preserved in remarkable conditions, this watch is a lavish creation from Vacheron Constantin and for rectangular watch collectors is a totally unmistakable object for conditions, quality and rarity.