Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 11, 2012

LOT 172

VACHERON & CONSTANTIN & VERGER FRERES ART DECO DESK CLOCK Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 407745, the case No. 11089 by Verger Freres. Made for Perera Joyero, Madrid, circa 1929. An exceptional Art Deco, black onyx, nephrite, gold and lapis lazuli, 8-day going desk clock. Accompanied by the original certificate and original Perera Joyero fitted box.

CHF 20,000 - 40,000

USD 22,000 - 45,000 / EUR 17,000 - 33,000

Sold: CHF 96,100

C. Rectangular black onyx mounted upon two nephrite blocks, decorated with gold straps with black enamel line detail, terminated with lapis lazuli cabochons, nephrite block feet, back with black enamel panel on gold secured by four screws, lapis lazuli winding crown. D. Gold decorated with green enamel to simulate nephrite, black enamel borders and geometric decoration, gold Arabic numerals. Gold arrow hands. M. 42 mm., rhodium plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with 8 adjustments, blued steel Breguet balance-spring, index regulator. Case signed Perera and with the Verger Freres punchmark, movement signed Vacheron & Constantin. Dim. 12 x 9.4 x 4.5 cm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


A superb example of a Vacheron & Constantin Art Deco clock. The case by Verger Freres is in extremely good condition, perhaps due to the survival of the retailer?s original box. Verger: Two generations of designers and casemakers The fi rm was founded by Ferdinand Verger in 1872, Place des Victoires à Paris. Verger had two sons, Georges and Henri. In 1896 the trade mark ?F.V.? was registered. Ferdinand Verger bought the fi rm of Lépine, Place des Victoires in 1901, and in 1914 he sold the remaining stock to Louis Leroy but kept the trademark, which he registered again in 1917. Successors of their father in 1911, Georges and Henri settled at 51 rue Sainte Anne under the name of Verger Frères. They were the Paris agent for Vacheron & Constantin. Not only wholesalers but also designers and casemakers, they produced cases for the fi nest jewelers of the world, including Boucheron, Mauboussin, Ostertag, Tiffany, La Cloche, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gübelin and even Hauser-Zivy y Cia. in Mexico. They employed up to 40 craftsmen in Paris, not only jewelers, to produce cases and to fi t the movements, but also watchmakers for adjusting and aftersale service of the movements. Some of their models are very original, such as the so-called ?Bras en l'air?, made with a fi gure of the Buddha, a snake charmer or a Mandarin; the famous ?radiateur?, often sold as a purse clasp; the ?montres à volets? produced for Ostertag, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Mauboussin, Gübelin and Tiffany; and the celebrated ?Montre Cadenas? specially designed for Van Cleef & Arpels.