The Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs program is something exceptionally bizarre for a haute horlogerie brand – it’s an activity to get vintage watches made by Vacheron, reestablish them to full usefulness, and offer them to authorities and Vacheron lovers in prepared to-appreciate condition, with a full guarantee. While numerous brands purchase their own vintage models at closeout to put them in exhibition halls, and furthermore offer to fix any watch they’ve at any point made (Cartier and Patek Philippe are two models) the Les Collectionneurs program is, similarly as I’m mindful, as of now exceptional in fine watchmaking. Material Good, situated on Wooster Street here in lower Manhattan, will have a presentation of 13 Les Collectionneurs watches, including both pocket and wristwatches, spreading over a period from 1925 to 1994, which will all be offered for sale.
One of the pocket watches offered is an extremely excellent, totally exemplary Deco-time, super level platinum minute repeater, in a 46mm case. The development is a 17 ligne, 29 gem type, with a recessed equilibrium wheel to diminish stature, with plates and extensions in German silver, and with a cut bimetallic compensating balance. A rich watch, for a more cultivated age, you may say, in spite of the fact that on the off chance that you were a U.S. customer of Vacheron’s during the 1920s you may have had solid perspectives on exactly how humanized Prohibition was. This repeater was made in 1928; the appearance of the Great Depression put a significant imprint in the crowd for such a thing, and the assembling of rehashing observes truth be told, gradually recuperated after World War II (not that they were being made in colossal numbers in any case). $80,000.
Vacheron Constantin’s little yet very recognized creation of repeaters, both for the pocket and the wrist, incorporates the absolute most slender at any point made; this is an illustration of one of the wristwatches and vintage Vacheron devotees will presumably perceive the reference quickly: the unbelievable 4261, which houses a 13 ligne development just 3.1mm thick – one of the flattest, if not the flattest, repeater developments at any point made. The watch generally is 36mm x 5.25mm; to the extent mid-century exemplary watchmaking goes (this one was completed in 1951) this is probably hopefully acceptable. With incredible magnificence comes extraordinary duty, coincidentally; watches of this class are really perfect, however they additionally have the water obstruction of a colander and the stun opposition of a Ming Dynasty porcelain, so maneuver carefully. $362,000, anyway a platinum 4261 went for $605,000 at Christie’s in 2016 . It was, as indicated by the index notes, likely the principal platinum 4261 at any point made, and consequently commanded a premium, yet, it gives you a thought what kind of regard these watches command (and a gold case presumably sounds better for sure). Oui, le prix is not modest but rather m’sieurs ladies, it likely sounds magnifique.
In expansion to the expensive scene stealers, there are various wristwatches evaluated less stratospherically (to say the least) and this is an extraordinary model: a 38mm x 24mm gent’s watch with a dazzling faceted glass, from 1957. Vacheron Constantin, of the customary Big 3 producers (VC, Patek, and AP) is by and large viewed as the one that kept an eye on go for some extra imaginative energy in its plans, and this watch is a fine illustration of how Vacheron stopped by that standing. Reference 4591 (for so this is) has a 11 ligne molded development, type 453/3C, which depends on a Jaeger-LeCoultre ebauche (in the after war period, JLC was Vacheron’s most significant development provider). $20,800, and a gigantic measure of appeal for the buck.
These and others will be accessible to see at Material Good NYC, starting June 7 (once more, completely reestablished, overhauled, and with a Vacheron guarantee). For area and more information, look at MaterialGoodNY.com.