Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

On May 28 Christie's HK will be holding an auction featuring as usual quite a few modern pieces and the offering from VC is quite impressive with 39 watches. Hereunder are my favorites, or those seldom seen.

 

- Lot 2346 ref 43064 from 2001: Enamel dial featuring a motif found on Ottoman tablewear. Estimate HK$280,000 – HK$400,000 ($36,289 - $51,842)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2347 - Lot 2346 ref 43064 FROM 2001: Enamel dial featuring a motif found on Ottoman tablewear. HK$280,000 – HK$400,000 ($36,289 - $51,842)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2457, Ref 47101/3 circa 1999: one of the Louners favorite watches the famous Chronographe Historiques with salmon dial. HK$130,000 – HK$200,000 ($16,849 - $25,921)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

 

- Lot 2458 ref 47245 from 2002. Made in 247 pieces in platinum for the brand's 247th anniversary and one of the watches which launched the modern trend for opendial watches! Estimate HK$180,000 – HK$280,000 ($23,329 - $36,289)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2531 Malte Tourbillon ref 30066 in platinum Estimate  HK$750,000 – HK$900,000 ($97,204 - $116,645)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2533 Medicus chronograph. Made in a limited edition in the early 2000 this watch is inspired by the cushion shaped chronographs from the 1930s and a pulsometer scale, thus the name "Medicus".  HK$140,000 – HK$200,000 ($18,145 - $25,921)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2535: platinum skeleton perpetual calendar circa 1995. If it remains with estimates an excellent opportunity to have a skeleton QP. Estimate HK$160,000 – HK$250,000 ($20,737 - $32,401)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2536 ref 30050, platinum tourbillon circa 1995 Estimate HK$500,000 – HK$800,000 ($64,803 - $103,684)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2553 ref 4737 circa 1958 "Cioccolatone" Estimate HK$70,000 – HK$120,000 ($9,072 - $15,553)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

- Lot 2556 ref 30010 circa 1994 the AMAZING ultra slim minute repeater with cal 1755. The watch comes with an extra hand engraved case back HK$650,000 – HK$850,000 ($84,243 - $110,165)

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

 

 

- Lot 2578  circa 1880 pocket watch with a striking floral enamel motif on case back with a vers conservative estimate of HK$24,000 – HK$40,000 ($3,111 - $5,184), something I would love having!

Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28

Some beautiful pieces! There are more gems amongst the others as well. Is it just me...
05/20/2014 - 16:45

or do some of these estimates look really low?  Maybe I do not understand the nuances of vintage valuations or maybe these are falsely low to draw in bidders.  Do these look like low estimates to the MANY of you here that are smarter than I?

I think traditionnally low estimates were there to attract buyers but not certain that
05/20/2014 - 16:49

many today are fooled by this, especially as estimates are to give what the auction house believes is the average price for these watches. I think some of the estimates are conservative without being ridiculously low.

Re: I think traditionnally low estimates were there to attract buyers but not certain that
05/20/2014 - 16:53

Alex,

i sent you a PM please let me know if you got it?

Re: Re: I think traditionnally low estimates were there to attract buyers but not certain that
05/20/2014 - 17:07

received and replied

The auction game
05/20/2014 - 18:50

Yes, I agree...there is a strategy to keep estimates low to attract bidders.  They count on the psychology of competition that occurs with auctions to take care of raising the bids.  One must be very disciplined and have a top figure in mind.  Also, the 15% sellers premium and 25% buyers premium force a certain inflation of prices.  Still, auctions are necessary for us vintage collectors.  FWIW, here is a similar Ottoman-theme watch which sold back in 2002 for much less than the current estimate...

The auction game

Re: Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28
05/20/2014 - 17:33

Lovely pieces all of them. Love the Medicus Chronograph.

I used to own a Medicus for some time, loved the design but the fact that the
05/20/2014 - 17:48

movement was non column wheel pissed me off angry not something you would expect from VC even though the finish was top notch! However, I'm less extreme today and would wear it again with great pleasure!

 

I used to own a Medicus for some time, loved the design but the fact that the

 

I used to own a Medicus for some time, loved the design but the fact that the

There can be no shortcuts for Vacheron, Alex...
05/21/2014 - 13:58

I totally understand why you liquidated this one out your vast collection. A mistake like this is rather unforgivable... Although I love the overall design of the piece and its direct links to the previous design cues I still wouldn't take it back if I were you. Sorry, no shortcuts for a maison like Vacheron!

I agree with Radek. Alex, where did its movement come from?
05/22/2014 - 17:58

...

Cali 1145 based on Lemania 1872 (which normally is a 3 register chrono movement)
05/26/2014 - 15:34
Re: Vacheron Constantin galore at the Hong Kong Christie's auction on May 28
05/20/2014 - 19:08

And did you see the total number of lots?

You'll have to bring a sleeping bag!

The June 11th Christies NYC catalogue is out as well. Some lovely VC pieces there as well.

Joseph