Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 168

Vacheron Constantin 
Pendant-watch, Federal Shooting Contest 1901 in Lucerne; 18K pink gold and enamel

EUR 1,400 - 2,700

USD 1,700 - 3,300 / HKD 13,000 - 24,900

Sold: EUR 3,432

18K pink gold and enamel, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pendant-watch; cream enamel dial with light blue colour suspended Breguet numerals.

Light blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) case-back with, on the lower side, the coat-of-arms of the City of Luzern / Lucerne, and, inside a frame on the upper side, a view of the Musegg wall and its nine towers with Lake Luzern in the background, with, on upper left side, the flag of the Helvetic Confederation; the painting on enamel on gold attributable to Lacreuze or Ronet, Geneva.

Cuvette (dome) engraved with the mention “Eidgenössisches / Schützen Fest / 1901 / in Luzern” (Federal Shooting Contest 1901 in Lucerne). 

11’’’ gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel flat hairspring, polished steel index-regulator.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Model “Montre de Tir”

Year 1901

Movement No. 313 951

Case No. 190 125

Diameter 30.2 mm

Caliber 11’’’, lever escapement

Signature dial, case and movement


Vacheron Constantin and the Federal Shooting Contest 1901 in Lucerne
In 1901, for the Federal Shooting Contest, who take place in Luzern / Lucerne, Vacheron Constantin produced few series of pendant-watches for the Committee of Organisation, as a gift for the winners of the competitions.
Few pendant watches were especially made with on the case-back an enamel painting on gold scene showing a view of the Musegg wall and its nine towers with Lake Luzern in the background, the coat-of-arms of this City and the flag of the Helvetic Confederation (enamels by Lacreuze or by Ronet).
·       Lambelet, Carole, & Cohen, Lorette, L’Univers de Vacheron Constantin, Geneva, Editions Scriptar, 1992, p. 369.

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