Vacheron Constantin
Les Historiques Chronograph | 47111 | platinum

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Vacheron Constantin
Les Historiques Chronograph | 47111 | platinum

Regular price

Vacheron Constantin boast a lengthy and uninterrupted history of manufacture, dating back to 1755. The firm’s founder, Jean-Marc Vacheron, was one of many cabinotier-watchmakers who specialised in the production of complex components. Upon partnering with François Constantin, Vacheron (the brand) became widely-known for upholding the finest horological traditions - enamelling, piercing, engraving and engine-turning.

The Vacheron Constantin Ref. 47101 was introduced in 1989, as part of the brand’s Historiques collection - paying tribute to the Geneva watchmaker’s archives. The origins of the watch can be traced back to Vacheron’s iconic reference 4178, from the 1940s - with its tachymeter scale and placement of the subsidiary dials - considered by many to be one of the most beautifully refined chronographs ever made. The majority of reference 47101s and 47111s were cased in yellow gold, with very few examples thought to have been made in platinum.

The watch displays a finely-grained, silvered dial with applied Arabic and baton numerals. The two sub-dials, at three and nine o'clock are the thirty-minute and sub-seconds registers, respectively, with engine-turned patterning at the centre. The dial is classically understated, balancing the outer five-minute divisions and tachymetre scale perfectly. The watch displays five hands - hours, minutes, and seconds for the time, with seconds and minute hands for the chronograph. Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed, with the chronograph highly-legible in a variety of lighting conditions. With its 36 mm case diameter, the size of the 47111 is classically inspired - featuring down-turned, tear-drop lugs and a polished, chamfered bezel. The snap-on, display case-back, features the Maltese cross and manufacturer's hallmarks, along with its unique reference numbers.

The reference 47111 integrates Vacheron’s 21-jewel, manual-winding, 1140 caliber, based upon a thoroughly re-worked ‘Nouvelle Lemania’ 2310 ebauche - much like the Patek Philippe Ref. 5070. The movement is beautifully finished, with exquisite chamfering on all angles, polishing and decoration, in the form of Geneva striping. The movement uses a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions, self-compensating Breguet spring and swan-neck micrometer regulator.

This Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph comes on one of our tapered, black saffiano Milano straps, with its corresponding platinum tang buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Les Historiques Chronograph 47111/000P
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. 1140
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: tachymetre scale, tear-drop lugs, display back
Case: 36 mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire, display back
Bracelet: Milano black saffiano leather strap, Vacheron tang buckle
Year: 2001 (sold)
Box & papers: outer box, inner case, papers, product literature
This manual-winding, platinum Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph is in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. Small signs of wear are visible on case beside the winding crown, with some imperfections visible on the underside of the lugs. All of the hallmarks are clearly visible, despite some loss of definition over time. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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