Ineichen Auctions: New world record for fake Vacheron Constantin

Ineichen Auctioneers' March 2022 sale, La Vie en Rose, saw two F.P.Journe collectors' pieces achieve sensational club prices on March 12: The top lot included the Chronomètre à Résonance Sincere Limited Edition no. 202-RN, which was estimated at CHF 200,000-300,000 and sold for CHF 360,000. Similar replica watches success was achieved for the Octa Calendrier Sincere Limited-Edition no. 239-Q. This one sold for CHF 280,000, against an original estimate of CHF 150,000-200,000. La Vie en Rose had 40 lots on the program – all watches with rose gold cases – created by watchmakers such as Vacheron Constantin, Roger Dubuis, F.P.Journe, Daniel Roth , Cartier, IWC, De Bethune, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, Panerai, Girard-Perregaux, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet and others. “We were very happy to reach the CHF 2,500,000 mark in our first sale of the year,” says Lechbinsky. “We look forward to continuing the trend at our upcoming Precious Blues and Konstantin Chaykin Joker XXX Unique Piece auctions on April 23rd and April 30th, respectively.”

Fake Vacheron Constantin Les Complications Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Ref. 49005/000R, estimated at CHF 15,000-20,000 broke a new world record and sold for CHF 52,000. The previous auction sale was CHF 16,400 with Phillips. The highest market price for this reference was EUR 36,720 in 2012. This watch, manufactured in the late 1990s, is one of the few Ref. 49,005 examples with a rose gold case and the rarest black dial with a handmade guilloché decoration. Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ref. 81015-52-002-052A, on the other hand, was also in demand among bidders at the La Vie en Rose auction. Estimated to go for CHF 20,000-30,000, this item sold for CHF 74,000.

Finally, the Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir Mk2 Ref. 2781 also achieved an impressive CHF 36,000 against an estimate of CHF 20,000–30,000. It is one of the first pieces included in the Collection Private Cartier Paris (CPCP) introduced by Cartier in 1998. The design is based on the first wristwatch in this iwc replica form created by Louis Cartier in 1912 as well as vintage tortoise-shaped single-button chronograph wristwatches produced by the brand at the end of the 1920s and early 1930s. The shape resembles a turtle standing on four legs.