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Vacheron Constantin
IMPORTANT YELLOW GOLD HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING WATCH WITH WESTMINSTER CHIMES MADE IN 1958
Dial: silvered
Calibre: 19’’’ nickel movement, lever escapement, four hammers striking on four gongs 
Movement number: 542'034
Case: 18k yellow gold 
Case number: 363'948 / 43'829
Dimensions: 56 mm
Signed: dial and movement
Accessories: Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives, facsimile letter from Vacheron Constantin and travel case
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Catalogue Note

The present lot is one of only two examples made by Vacheron Constantin with Westminster Chimes. Confirmed by a facsimile letter dated October 3rd 1995 from Vacheron Constantin. The facsimile also confirms the sale in Bombay on 8th of November 1958. 

The melody, comprised of 4 notes in 5 arrangements, also known as the Cambridge Quarters, was written in 1793 and first used in the clock tower of St Mary the Great University Church, Cambridge, England. Of course after this, during the the 19th Century, their adoption for use in Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster gained the melody global renown.

It is clear then that to allow a watch of this scale the ability to chime so complex an arrangement would have required on the most skilled craftsmen in its construction.  

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