The reference 4261, originally produced in small numbers during the early 1940’s was one such experiment where Vacheron managed to house the minute repeating movement in an extremely thin case that measured only 3.28mm thick.
Decades later, in 1991, Vacheron Constantin unveiled the thinnest minute repeating movements of that time. This calibre was such a tour de force that it was named after the founding year of the company: 1755.
It was produced in two versions, the minute repeating movement, such as the present lot, and one that was combined with a perpetual calendar (Ref. 30020). Only 200 examples of this calibre were made in total, for the most part with a more traditional dial (Ref. 30010) and some with the skeletonized dial (Ref. 30030) in limited series, in either rose gold or platinum.
Despite the state of the art complications, there was no compromise on the design of the watch. The Manufacture has long been associated with their playful and distinctive watch case designs and we can often find a nod to the archives within the modern case designs. The 1940’s and 50’s were after all the height of creative case design for Vacheron and the elegant proportions and tear-drop lugs of the original Ref 4261 are echoed in this present day Ref: 30030. The present watch perfectly combines this lineage with a modern yet timeless twist through its most attractive finely pierced and engraved movement.
This lot, in excellent condition and combining aesthetic appeal and technical complexity, would be the pride of any enthusiast's collection.
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