A Royal Watch at Auction

If Patek Philippe is the King of watches, then Vacheron & Constantin is the Queen. The brand’s precious 1948 chronograph is heading to auction this week.

Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk
Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk

If we were to compare the most renowned watch brands with the structure of a monarchy, Patek Philippe would be the King, Jaeger LeCoultre the Prime Minister, Rolex the Cavalier, Breguet the Father of the King, and Vacheron & Constantin the Queen.

Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk
Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk

Vacheron & Constantin was founded in 1755 by Jean-Mark Vacheron in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1770, the company created its first ‘complication’, which is an additional feature to displaying the time. Seven years later, the first automatic watches also arrived.

Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk
Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk

In 2003, a Vacheron & Constantin ref. 57260 belonging to the King of Egypt Fouad I was sold by Antiquorum for 3 million euros (£2.71), making it the most expensive pocket watch ever sold at auction.

Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk
Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk

This week's sale at Göteborgs Auktionsverk has one particularly interesting piece: a Vacheron & Constantin ref. 4178 of 1948. This beautiful 18K rose gold watch has had one owner and is a truly precious timepiece.

Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk
Vacheron & Constantin Wristwatch in 18 kt Rose Gold, Geneva, c. 1948. Photo: Göteborgs Auktionsverk

The production of the model began in 1940 and ended in the ‘60s. This watch, which stands out for its elegance and refinement, is made of rose and yellow gold and stainless steel.

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