YELLOW GOLD GENTLEMAN’S WRISTWATCH, REF 4591
Launched in 1949, the reference 4591 embodies the voluptuous curves and futuristic shapes that defined post World War II design. After the austerity of the war, everyone embraced new lines that showcased materials that had previously been in short supply — a trend that Vacheron Constantin seized upon with this unique case silhouette. Its tapered sides and faceted glass were not only a bold aesthetic choice, but technically rigorous to execute. The case’s dynamism is tempered with a discreet dial, featuring a matte finish, slender yellow gold indexes, and a small seconds sub-dial.
Dial: silvered, small seconds
Calibre: cal. 11”435 manual wind, 17 jewels
Movement number: 472’873
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap-on back
Case number: 317’670
Closure: 18k yellow gold Vacheron Constantin pin buckle
Dimensions: 37.5mm length x 23mm width
Signed: case, dial and movement
Manufactured: in 1949
This watch will come with a certificate of authenticity and an exclusive box provided by Vacheron Constantin.
• Beryllium balance to insure temperature compensation
• hairspring with a terminal curve to reduce the bad effects of gravity
• rhodium-plated brass movement which protects against corrosion and preserve the Côtes de Genève decoration. Traditional Genevan finishing which gives a unique aspect to the bridges.
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Please note that this timepiece has been fully serviced by the Vacheron Constantin Heritage Department.
DIAL: with a misalignment to the XII applied index, a scratch to the subdial at 6 o’clock
CASE: in good condition with minor scratches to the back. The crystal is a later replacement custom built to specs by Vacheron.
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing
The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
From Vacheron Constantin's Heritage Collection