Lot 41: Vacheron & Constantin Pocket Watch, 18 carat Gold, 1890s
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Vacheron & Constantin, Switzerland, around 1890
18 carat yellow gold
Chronograph savonette pocket watch
Manufacturer's chronograph movement with crown wind and whiplash precision index adjuster
Chronometer, 30-minute counter and small second
Enamel clock face with spade hands
Overall weight: 132 grams
Dimensions: 5.7 cm (diameter), 7.5 cm (height)
Very good condition and fully functional
This savonette by Vacheron & Constantin was made in Switzerland around 1890. The pocket watch made of 18 carat yellow gold has a manufacturer's chronograph movement with a classical crown wind, as well as a whiplash precision index adjuster. The chronograph savonette features a white enamel clock face with gold spade hands for the large black Arabic numerals of the hours, as well as small numerals and line indices for the minutes. The enamel clock face shows a chronometer, a 30-minute counter and a small second - an especially refined watch, which was well ahead of its time and as a result is still extremely rare.The enamel clock face shows the subtle signature "Vacheron & Constantin, Genève". The outer spring cover displays the finely engraved, decorated monogram "JZ". The inner lid has the inscription "Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, R. Laurin, Bâle". The reverse sides of the covers are each marked with the following: the Vacheron & Constantin mark, "V&C", "228441", as well as the purity mark, and twice with the Helvetia gold mark. The movement is inscribed "370225" and "Vacheron & Constantin, Genève".
The men's savonette pocket watch by Vacheron & Constantin is in very good condition and fully functional, with some minor scratch marks on the casing and a perfect enamel clock face. The overall weight is 132 grams. The diameter is 5.7 cm and the height is 7.5 cm.
Vacheron & Constantin
In 1755, Jean-Marc Vacheron established his watchmaker workshop, soon specialising in complications and extravagant designs. Before long, the family company was exporting its fine watches and movements. Vacheron & Constantin won the gold medal at the Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva in 1896, being honoured for their horological creations.