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Vacheron Constantin
A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM OPEN-FACED TRIPLE CALENDAR WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES AND POWER RESERVE MVT 414423 CASE 258459 MADE IN 1932
• cal. RA 17''' manual winding nickel lever movement, 18 jewels, cut bi-metallic compensation balance • silvered dial, applied white gold Arabic numerals, outer track with minute divisions, subsidiary seconds, elongated aperture for day, date and month in French, fan-form aperture for moon-phases bordered by sector for power reserve indication, moon hands • polished case, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed
diameter 47 mm
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With a fitted presentation case and a Certificate of Authenticity confirming production in 1932.

Catalogue Note

This exceptional platinum pocket watch has a most unusual and attractive dial layout. Archive photographs demonstrate Vacheron Constantin’s experimentation with a variety of calendar displays, especially during the 1920s and 1930s when the popularity of the slim dress watch was at its height. The use of apertures rather than subsidiary dials to display the calendar is ideally suited to the refined slim dress watch style which might otherwise be overwhelmed by the addition of multiple subsidiary dials. This watch’s linear, single aperture calendar indication is highly legible and enhances the overall symmetry of design. The under-dial of the watch illustrates the superior finish of the movement and the extreme precision with which the calendar has been executed: the date wheel has been taken almost to the edge of the centre arbor and subsidiary seconds arbor, thereby ensuring that the calendar is displayed to the maximum available size. The addition of the power reserve sector to the edge of the moon-phase aperture adds another layer of complexity and rarity to this watch.

A pair of watches with almost identical dial layouts are illustrated in: Lambelet, C. & Coen, L., The World of Vacheron Constantin, Editions Scriptar SA/Vacheron Constantin, pp.384 and 385 (illustration numbers 3067 & 3095).

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