993. Vacheron Constantin A very fne and heavy yellow gold perpetual calendar hunter case pocket watch with moon phases, with international warranty and setting pin 江詩丹頓，型號57215，非常精細，18K黃金獵殼懷錶，配萬年曆和 月相顯示，約1998年製。附原裝證書、調整筆
Vacheron Constantin 1998
Reference No. Movement No. Case No. Material Calibre
57215 835’332 645’116 18k yellow gold Manual, cal. 1705, 17 jewels 55mm Diameter Case, dial and movement signed
HKD 220,000-320,000 USD 28,200-41,000 Accessories Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin International Warranty signed Friedrich GMBH Frankfurt and dated February 3, 1999, setting pin and product literature.
Complicated timepieces have always fascinated watch literati with their exquisite movements and technical advancements. The perpetual calendar mechanism has a long history in traditional watchmaking reaching back to the 18th century when Thomas Mudge created the earliest known example in 1762. It would be almost another 100 years before the complication came in to its own and by the mid-19th century watch brands like Patek Philippe and Breguet were experimenting with the perpetual calendar mechanisms. Patek Philippe became the frst manufacturer to add the complication to a wristwatch. Unlike traditional triple calendar timepieces, the perpetual calendar is a marvel of
wheels and gears that accounts for the varying days of diferent months from 28 days in February to 31 days in others. When kept running this unique complication will correct for the addition day in the 4th year of the cycle, February 29th. The present watch comes from Vacheron Constantin’s “Complication” line introduced in 1993. The heavy hunter case watch weighs an impressive 237 grams and has a modern clean design. The silvered dial features four subsidiary dials for day, date, moon phases with lunar calendar and month with leap year indication. It is easily readable and the maker added date correctors to the case so that the watch is readily corrected should one forget to wind the watch. In lovely overall condition, this is a rare opportunity to own an exquisite perpetual calendar pocket watch. It has been said Vacheron Constantin only made these watch available by order and therefore production numbers are considered to be very limited.
Phillips presents THE HONG KONG WATCH AUCTION: EIGHT on 28 May 2019.