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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 308

VACHERON CONSTANTIN REF. 44018, "222", 18K YELLOW GOLD, AUTOMATIC

18K yellow gold, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman's wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed bezel and one horological. Complication: Date of the month (aperture at 3 o'clock)

Brand Vacheron Constantin

Model "222"

Reference Ref. 44 018

Year Circa 1977 - 1984

Caliber 1121

Bracelet 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin (by Gay Frères, Geneva) integrated bracelet, with 18K white gold deployant clasp

Dimensions 37 x 45 mm.

Signed Dial, case and movement

HKD 117,000 - 156,000

CHF 14,600 - 19,500 / USD 15,000 - 20,000

Sold: HKD 156,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Vacheron Constantin "222" In the mid-1970's, as the arrival of quartz watches harmed the Swiss watch industry, the great manufacturers reacted late by launchin.w models of watches made by young designers. These watches are disruptive, informal and casual! Their stylistic codes go against everything we've seen before. These are high-class sports watches with integrated bracelets, which are a radical break from the traditional wristwatches of these important houses. Audemars Piguet launches its "Royal Oak", Patek Philippe its "Nautilus", IWC its "Ingenieur Jumbo SL"; all three designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011), a Genevan designer jeweller. In 1977, to celebrate its 222nd anniversary, Vacheron Constantin launched its "222", designed by Jorg Hysek, a young German designer (born in 1953): a thin tonneau-shaped case, with a rounded bezel and a tiny cross of Malta encrusted at 5 o'clock. The "222" is produced in different versions: 34 mm. with a self-winding movement with date at 3 o'clock (a derivative of the previous movement of the Manufacture of Le Sentier); 25 mm. with quartz movement. The "222" is available in different materials and is, in fact, produced in very small quantities: steel (less than 520 examples); gold and steel (less than 150 examples); all gold (less than 150 examples). Manufactured for only 7 years, it will be replaced in 1984 by the "333", a rectangular evolution that will last only 2 years. Like the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, The "222" is now an icon of watchmaking from the 1970's.