VACHERON & CONSTANTIN and VERGER FRERES Yellow Gold and Enamel Art Deco Watch
Crafted by Vacheron Constantin and Verger Freres, this elegant watch is a true Art Deco treasure. Fashioned in the enchanting Chinoiserie style, this 18K yellow timepiece features a beautifully enameled case distinguished by a branch of red berries framed by green and black bands. This enamel technique is distinctly Art Deco, and this decoration is very similar to a series of watches which were presented at the Paris Exposition of 1925. Very few examples of this masterful style are known today. The watch counts the hours on a gilded dial with stylized numerals, and is topped with a cabochon coral-set winding crown. Retailed by the renowned jewelers Maison Fouquet, this watch is both signed by Fouquet and Vacheron Constantin, and stamped “VF” for Verger Frères.
Between 1880 and 1930, Vacheron Constantin worked in close collaboration with Verger Freres. In this partnership, Vacheron Constantin would create movements, and then sent them to Verger Freres, a highly respected Parisian firm in its own right, who would create the cases. Many of the finest clocks known in the Art Deco period were collaborations by these two celebrated firms. Favoring Eastern-themed motifs, like the present example, these timepieces were retailed in many of the finest jewelry salons of the era, such as Tiffany & Co., Lacloche Freres, Ostertag, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Black, Starr & Frost.
1 5/8” wide x 2” high
The Geneva firm of Vacheron Constantin was founded in 1755 by horologist Jean-Marc Vacheron, and is the oldest watch-making firm with a continuous history. Through its many innovations in both the science and design of fine timepieces, the firm has garnered numerous awards, and the attention of international heads of state and royalty, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and King Farouk of Egypt. The company holds the record for creating the most expensive wristwatch, the Kallista, in 1979, and the most complicated, the Tour de I'Ille, crafted in 2005 of 16 complications comprised of 834 component parts. Today, Vacheron Constantin is arguably the oldest watch-making firm in continuous operation since its inception over 250 years ago.
The jewelry design house of Verger Freres is among the greatest arbiters of the Art Deco style. This renowned firm’s creations reflect some of the most original designs of the Art Deco period, but the specialty of the firm was the jeweled timepiece. Founded in 1896 by Ferdinand Verger, who had previously work as an agent for Vacheron Constantin, the firm reached its peak during the second decade of the century, patented many of its designs and employed over 200 artisans.