Vintage is hot. If you follow the auctions, it’s the heritage pieces from companies like Patek Philippe, Rolex and Cartier that drive the market to great heights. We are also seeing gaining strength from complicated pieces from Vacheron Constantin. In my opinion, Vacheron Constantin watches are an undervalued proposition. The company has a rich heritage with beautiful designs and movements. And, you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a wonderful piece of their history.
Recognizing a bit of lag in communication with the public, Vacheron Constantin wants to raise the watch community’s level of awareness about their product and its value. They know they have a rich 257 years worth sharing. In a unique program, the brand dipped into their treasure chest to offer vintage pieces to the public, either acquired at auction or curated from their own reserve.
The new collection is called Vacheron Constantin Collectionneurs. Vacheron Constantin’s Heritage department in Geneva certifies the selection of vintage pieces, which are offered exclusively at the brand’s boutiques in Geneva, Shanghai and New York City. I visited the New York location on Madison Avenue and saw some of the cool pieces, which I will share below.
Working with Vacheron has its advantages. You don’t have to worry about servicing the timepieces purchased through them because they take care of that, which is nice because servicing can tack on several hundreds if not thousands of dollars to the purchase price. In addition, you get a presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity and a one-year guarantee. Something goes wrong, just drop off the watch at the boutique. I know they have a watchmaker on staff in the New York boutique.
See a sampling of selection of vintage pieces in NYC after the jump.
A nice classic design in 18k yellow gold from 1961. Quite conservative yet the sunburst dial provides an extra pop.
I love these old triple calendar watches. This one from 1947 is in 18K pink gold with a gilt dial features “cow-horn” lugs, giving it some edge. I’d like to strap it on my wrist and never give it back.
Just as accessories make the man and woman so do lugs make the watch. These claw-type lugs on this model from 1953 give the 18K yellow gold case a lengthened and sophisticated look. The sole Arabic numeral 12 anchors the piece against the pointed hour markers. A real looker.
The slender bezel on this 18K yellow gold model from 1956 increases the appearance of the size of the watch, while the the two-tone dial offers a nice contrast. Can’t go wrong with this one.
An unusual case shape on this 18K pink gold watch from 1930 catches the eye. I quite like the integrated spindle-type lugs and the play of the square of the case with the circular grained gilt dial.
This Hunter-case pocket watch from 1905 in 18K pink gold is composed of 5 pieces and has an interesting winding mechanism via the slide piece on the bezel. A Grandaddy classic.
This “Knife” watch from 1962 in an 18K gold case with sunburst gilt dial gets its name from the thin profile. A nice conversation piece, the watch shows interesting design as well as skill in execution. The movement qualifies for the Hallmark of Geneva. Did you know LeCoultre also did a “Knife” watch?