Lot 331

Vacheron & Constantin à Genève, "Métiers d'Art - The legend of the Chinese zodiac - 2014 Year of the Horse", Movement No. 5203912, Case No. 1252192 / 2014, Ref. 86073/000R-9831, Cal. 2460 G4, 40 mm, circa 2014 A remarkable and extremely rare automatic Geneva wristwatch in mint condition, with calendar - with original box, original guarantee certificate no. VC 236Z249, certificate of the Bureau du Poincon de Genéve and accessories - sold on March 7th, 2014 - Only 12 pieces of this model were made in 2014 Case: 18k pink gold, screwed on glazed back, Geneva quality hallmark, V&C 18k pink gold deployant clasp. Dial: 18k pink gold, bronze enamelling, hand-engraved 18k pink gold horse in high relief. Despite the difficult economic climate on the Asian market, Hong Kong and China remain two of the most important markets for the Swiss watch industry. Specifically targeting these markets, Vacheron Constantin introduced its edition "Métiers d'Art" - the legend of the Chinese zodiac cycle. It consists of a series of fascinating watches inspired by the 12 year cycle of the Chinese calendar. This piece uses the Chinese sign of Horse, a symbol of energy and independence. The bamboo leaf motif is a traditional Chinese symbol; it has been engraved directly on the dial but stands out from the base like a relief carving. The horse in the centre has been applied in 18k red gold and is intricately executed in great detail. True to its longstanding tradition of offering a wide range of dial variations, Vacheron & Constantin uses four windows here for displaying hour, minutes, day and date, each sitting on a disc moving in the background. The first two indications are moving continuously, the other two jump. Case: as new. Dial: as new. Movm.: as new, capable of running.