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Vacheron Constantin sells curated vintage watch collection from its London boutiques

Matthias Le Fevre for Vacheron Constantin – Les Collectionneurs 2020

Vacheron Constantin is displaying and selling a selection of vintage watches from across the 20th century at its boutiques on London’s Bond Street and in Harrods.

The watches, pulled together under the “Les Collectionneurs” title, have been sourced by the company’s watchmaking and heritage teams before being restored and sold with a certificate of authenticity and a two-year guarantee.

They are available for a limited time beginning on October 12 and ending on November 5.

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“Les Collectionneurs perpetuates this precious link between past and present, enabling our clientele of connoisseurs and collectors to acquire restored vintage pieces directly through the Maison, which is a real guarantee. As for the events organised around the world to unveil these pieces, they attract both seasoned collectors and young generations eager to delve more deeply into watchmaking history,” says Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s style & heritage director.

Examples, described by Vacheron Constantin, include: 

Triple calendar and moon phases wristwatch in 18ct yellow gold. This reference represents one of the early calendar wristwatches made by Vacheron Constantin with moon-phases indication. Launched in 1942, the reference 4240L became quickly an emblematic model of the Maison thanks to its recognisable triple gadroons case design and its “claw-shaped” lugs.

Manual-winding movement, silvered dial, roman numerals and indexes in yellow gold, day and month indications in Spanish, pointed baton hands in yellow gold, blue steel hand for the date with a red lacquered arrow.

18K yellow gold jumping hours gentleman’s wristwatch (ref 43040) – 1995. “Chronoscope” or jumping hours watch is the result of a Robert Cart patented movement of late 1920’s. The system was adapted on pocket watches and wristwatches like for reference 3189 manufactured in 1930. In 1994, Vacheron Constantin relaunched a jumping hour wristwatch under the reference 43040 housing a 1120HS self-winding calibre (HS for “Heures Sautantes” meaning “Jumping Hours” in French).

In order to be faithful with the original model from the 30’s, the dial of the re-edition shows a similar “guilloché” pattern. It has a self-winding movement, silvered dial, hand-made “guilloché” center, jumping hours indication, minutes indicated by an onyx triangle.

 

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