Vacheron Constantin. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar skeletonized wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K gold bracelet, original certificate and box
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Vacheron Constantin. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar skeletonized wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K gold bracelet, original certificate and box

SIGNED VACHERON CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, QUANTIÈME PERPÉTUEL SQUELETTE MODEL, REF. 43032 SQ/236, MOVEMENT NO. 739'835, CASE NO. 573'919, MANUFACTURED IN 1986

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Vacheron Constantin. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic perpetual calendar skeletonized wristwatch with moon phases and integral 18K gold bracelet, original certificate and box
Signed Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Quantième Perpétuel Squelette model, ref. 43032 SQ/236, movement no. 739'835, case no. 573'919, manufactured in 1986
Movement: skeletonized cal. 1120/1, automatic, 36 jewels, 21K gold rotor, signed
Dial: skeletonized, signed
Case: glazed display snap on back, 36 mm. diam.
With: integral 18K gold Vacheron Constantin bracelet, approximate overall length 190 mm., Vacheron Constantin Certificate of Origin and presentation box
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Lot Essay

According to the Archives of Vacheron Constantin, the present watch was manufactured in 1986.

The elegant and rare Vacheron Constantin skeletonized perpetual calendar wristwatch is hardly offered in public. The present example with integral gold bracelet is the rarest of the reference.

These superb pieces are best summarized in the firm's own words:

"Only the association of several traditional Fine Watchmaking crafts can give rise to such works of art. The creation of skeleton watches, or the art of playing with transparency and making light dance across gleaming metal to transform a watch movement into an ethereal ballet of openworked bridges and wheel trains, is an art long since mastered by the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin. An art that requires for complementary skills: that of the Master Watchmaker to handle the mechanical demands; that of the Master Chamferer to capture the light and reveal the quintessence of the movement; and finally, that of the Master Engraver to sublimate the movement with a décor that gives life to skeleton watches.”

Text reproduced by kind permission of Vacheron Constantin.

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