Vacheron Constantin. A Early and Rare Lady's Platinum and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch
Vacheron Constantin. A Early and Rare Lady's Platinum and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch

SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, MOVEMENT NO. 367'060, CASE NO. 227'265, MANUFACTURED IN 1913

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Vacheron Constantin. A Early and Rare Lady's Platinum and Diamond-Set Bracelet Watch
Signed Vacheron & Constantin, Movement No. 367'060, Case No. 227'265, Manufactured in 1913
Mechanical movement, 18 jewels, bimetallic balance, silvered matte dial, black Arabic numerals with red Arabic numeral for 12 o'clock, outer minute divisions, oval-shaped case, diamond-set bezel and end pieces, diamond-set bracelet, snap on case back, overall approximate length 7 inches, case and movement signed
30mm width
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Please note the correct dimension for this watch is 30mm width and not 13mm width as stated in the printed catalog.

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Lot Essay

The present watch is illustrated in The World of Vacheron Constantin Geneve by Carole Lambelet & Lorette Coen, 1992 pg. 290, No. 1042.

Vacheron Constantin: Early Lady’s Wristwatches

Known as an artistic producer of women’s watches, in the early 19th century famous watchmakers Vacheron Constantin began to produce the first women’s pocket watches. It was only Vacheron Constantin and a few other highly skilled craftsmen that had the ability to produce these miniaturized and lavishly decorated or adorned timepieces. They were far smaller than the men’s watches and certainly required a new heightened level of expertise.

At this time in history, the lady’s watches possessed more of a jewelry aesthetic. This was proof that the watchmakers were creating their watches to symbolize their owners. Demand for timepieces which were beautifully decorated with diamonds, rubies, pearls, and much more was increasing rapidly from wealthy clients and it is a testament to Vacheron Constantin and their highly skilled watchmakers that they were able to produce such rarities which were soon to become the indispensable accessory.

At the end of the 19th century, the wristwatch was heralded as a legitimate, practical, and decorative addition. Vacheron Constantin saw the potential in this market and began expanding the creativity of their masterpieces. Embracing the talents of Ferdinand Verger, casemaker at the Place des Victoires, Paris, who joined the company in 1879, they were able to continue their reputation as precision watchmakers but now had a greater ability to provide a wider variety of styles.

Lady’s wristwatches then enjoyed a plethora of different shapes. Some took the shape of the fashionable cameos, others with bows, squared, triangular, and oval as seen in the present watch amongst many more inventive designs. This was an extremely rich period in jewelry and watch design for Vacheron Constantin. Their ability to dazzle clients only grew stronger with the oncoming periods of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and more which allowed for Vacheron Constantin to pay tribute to women and masterfully embody their styles for decades to come.

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