Many VC Pieces in Upcoming Antiquorum Auction in HK on 28 June

There are many Vaceron Constantin pieces included in the upcoming Antiquorum auction in Honk Kong on 28 June.

Many are of a more "well worn" classification, but there are some gems and a few true standouts.  Certainly the estimates seem to be very reasonable.  If someone is looking for a piece to wear around a lot, there are some great options here.

In addition to some Deck Chronometers (I fingured this would interest at least one of our resident collectors!), here are a few of my favorites from the catalog.

First, here is one that the aforementioned collector may really love.  A Royal Chronometre wristwatch, and it is even from the '&' era.

Royal Chronometer Wristwatch

Then, there is a beautiful 250 year anniversary day/date watch (one of 252 produced) in beautiful platinum.

250th Day/Date

Lastly, for this post, there is a 100 year Geneva Boutique anniversary Malte Tourbillon in Steel - very unique and one of 100 pieces.  Love the color combination of steel/rose gold/black.

100th Malte Tourbillon (Steel)

Of course, those second two are not on the lower price end, but very unique and attractive.  Happy hunting.

Thanks for the heads-up
06/12/2014 - 23:31

Well, the low estimate on the WG Batman should draw out some bidders.  Object lesson on auction house use of boilerplate descriptions with the V&C deck watch, lot 498.  Although they footnote the piece as being from the British Hydrographic Service, it's "AB/AUF" power reserve indication is German.  LOL, and what would you think the back monogram with laurel is?  

Keen eye for details.
06/13/2014 - 13:59

Funny what can get missed when the process gets so "mechanized". I imagine a room of "catalogers" just going through the motions. Hopefully, it is a little better than that. Hopefully, people will do their own research. 

Regarding the laurel, a 1940's piece, with ab/auf power reserve markers? Hmmm. Would this make it potentially more or less valuable as a collectible, I wonder?

Reichsadler
06/13/2014 - 16:39

Germans call it a Reichsadler and it's illegal to sell or display in their home country.  Removing it is one of the few adulterations to an original piece I can accept.  OTOH, the dial is "patinated" according to the condition codes (why can't they use plain language?) and the photos show the finish is regrettably starting to flake off - a hazard of its metal dial.

I remember seeing them when I lived in Germany in the 1990-91.
06/13/2014 - 17:18

You often saw it in the talons of the Eagle with a swastika inside the wreath.  Obviously, those still around in the 1990's were architectural and most had their swastikas removed, which was easier than removing and replacing the entire eagle/adler.  This is such a fascinating (and horrifying) part of history.  Deeply fascinating to read newspaper headlines and articles from the era.  It is hard to believe how long this war went on before the US entered into it.  These types of things are always interesting on so many levels - political, psychological, econmic, etc.

Anyway, I digress.  Unfortunate about the condition of this particular watch. An interesting piece from an interesting period.

Re: I remember seeing them when I lived in Germany in the 1990-91.
06/13/2014 - 19:12

" It is hard to believe how long this war went on before the US entered into it."

The same can be said about the war in the East. You can try Max Hastings "Retribution".

I just finished Rick  Atkinson's trilogy on the war in North Africa (An Army at Dawn), Sicily and Italy (The Day of Battle) and Europe (Guns at Last Light); all very impressive and very depressing.

But enough of that.

I have always loved the original Malte Tourbillon, and with the
06/13/2014 - 07:55

black dial, it is one of the coolest watches ever IMHO.

I agree.
06/13/2014 - 14:09

My tastes are more subtle in what I wear (aka boring) but I think this is a beautiful watch. I maybe need to start thinking about spicing things up a bit in regards to what actually makes it to my wrist! I am beginning to feel inspired by this watch (and others). 

Why can't they put a decent
06/13/2014 - 10:32

Photo of this achingly gorgeous Malte Tourbillon?

 

I want that Batman

The next page of the catalog has a much better picture...
06/13/2014 - 14:05

Although not sure anything really captures how beautiful it is. I am fascinated that it was don in stainless and rose, instead of WG and rose. 

I want that batman too. That is girgeouos. 

There is also a jump hour from another manufacturer that is interesting for those with an eye to alternate time display watches. 

Forgot the link!
06/13/2014 - 14:11

Meant to add this to my first reply. I wish we could edit our posts. I am not careful enough before hitting that button. I usually notice e error in the moment afterward and get to enjoy the half-second of feeling "Noooooooooo" before realizing it is too late. Awesome,

so... The link to the better photograph. http://data.antiquorum.com/eng/flip/2014_Jun_HK/files/mobile/index.html#136

I love the batman......
06/15/2014 - 05:42

that is why I own one!

I am currently trying to find a steel or gold 222 with Cal 1120.

I have been searching for my unicorn for over 12 months but finding one is proving difficult.

That said I love my Batman and I think it is a truly epic watch.

Whoever buys the one in HK will not be disappointed!