Along with the autumn sales the Geneva auctions held in spring are the ones with often the most amazing pieces going for the most jaw opening prices. The Antiquorum, Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions were no exception.
Vacheron Cosntantin timepieces were proudly represented by vintage and contemporary models. The trend of the past years is confirmed: as expected the prices of chronographs, triple dates and Cioccolatone models continue rising steadily but the prices of time only models are also going up. A new trend is can also be observed in the rising prices of modern Vacheron Constantin writwatches which in the past were not going as strong as the vintage ones. This is particulartly true for the Jubile 1755 models but wee need to keep our eyes on the other pieces as to get confirmation of the trend.
Here are some of the highlights. Please note that prices given include buyer’s premium but not VAT
ANTIQUORUM (May 12-13)
Lot 262: Ref. 4737, So-Called “Pink Cioccolatone” Vacheron & Constantin, Made in 1958. Estimated between CHF 30.000-45.000 and sold for 51,920 (approx $ 42600, euro 31500)
Lot 265: triple date moonphase Ref. 4462, made in 1948. Doubled its low estimate (CHF 12,000-18,000) and sold for CHF 23,600 (approx $ 19500, euro 14500)
Lot 266: a beautiful ref 4072 straight lug chronograph in pink gold from 1952 estimated between CHF 35000-45000 sold for CHF 42,480 (approx $35,000, euro 25,800)
Lot 272: An amazing extra flat minute repeater with perpetual calendar ref 30020 dating from 2002 estimated between 140,000 CHF - 170,000 CHF and sold for CHF 233000 (approx $192,000, euro 142,000)
Lot 422: The Jubile 1755 model in Yellow gold launched in 2005 for the brand’s 250th anniversary seems to be a very coveted colector’s piece as it sold for its list price (estimates 25,000 CHF - 30,000) of CHF 35400 (approx $29,000, euro 21,500)
CHRISTIES (May 14)
Lot 66: A gorgeous double barrel tourbillon in platinum with power reserve ref 30050 from 1993 (estimate CHF 60,000-80,000) sold for CHF 102,000 (approx $84,000, €62,000)
Lot 187: A rare steel chronograph ref 4178 from 1947 with pulsation, asthometer and tachymeter scales (estimate 50,000-70,000) sold for CHF 72,000 ( approx $59,300, €43,700)
Lot 393: Chronograph Historique in platinum ref 47101 from 1995 more than tripled its low estimate (CHF 10,000-15,000) selling for CHF 36,000 (approx $29,650, €21,850)!
Sotheby’s (May 15)
Lot 33: a straight lug chronograph ref 4072 in yellow gold from 1945 (estimate CHF 22,000-28,000) sold for CHF 31,200 (approx $25,700 €19,000)