Watch, original box, extract of the archive
Stunningly beautiful and extremely rare large Vacheron Constantin 18k Pink Gold Triple Calendar wristwatch with a Silver Dial, signed Vacheron Constantin, Genève
This Reference 4241 is the harder to find and slightly larger version of the iconic 4240, released at about the same time in the 1940s.
Vacheron Constantin has a long history of calendar timepieces. A full calendar from 1790 is the company's first known complication timepiece, and the company went on to create distinctive pieces in the following centuries. This complication did not join the brand's catalogue as a serially produced reference until the debut of reference 4240 and 4241 in 1942. It was made with or without moonphases with the former being indicated by the letter L (for Lune, moon in French) after the reference number.
The date is shown by a central hand against a gorgeous and warm two-tone pink dial, while the day and month are indicated by two small apertures on the top part of the dial the date is printed on the periphery of the dial and indicated via a central hand. The oveall design , look and feel of the watch is harmonious, with a brilliant doré dial and an architecturally sophisticated matching pink gold casing. When viewed from the side, the exquisite pink gold fluted case is associated with lugs that appear gently tapered when viewed from the top but fiercely downturned, resembling fangs.
The present reference 4241 is preserved in excellent condition. The dial displays a charming patina, and is very well-preserved for its age.