VACHERON CONSTANTIN CIOCCOLATONE REF. 4821
The Vacheron Constantin “Cioccolatone” stands as one of Vacheron’s most iconic timepieces. Originally introduced in the mid-1950s, this Vacheron Constantin model earned the endearing nickname “Cioccolatone” from Italian collectors due to its uncanny resemblance to a chocolate bar. In the context of its production era, it represents a remarkable feat of style by Vacheron Constantin. No other watchmaking company had ventured as boldly into the realm of designing such an elegant timepiece. The “Cioccolatone” was available in various references, consistently retaining its distinctive case shape. It was predominantly crafted in yellow gold, with a few examples in pink and white gold, and even a unique piece in platinum. The dials exhibited a range of indexes and hands, always maintaining an air of elegance. The movement could either be automatic or hand-wound, and a select few featured moon phase complications, albeit in very limited quantities. Across all its iterations, the “Cioccolatone” remains a highly sought-after watch among collectors, particularly when preserved in impeccable condition, as is the case with this specific example.
This particular Vacheron Constantin “Cioccolatone” reference 4821 stands out as an exceptional specimen, with its hand-wound movement impeccably preserved. The case retains its original contours, showcasing deep stamps and factory finishes. The dial, in very good condition, exhibits only minimal signs of wear and has not undergone extensive restoration, thus preserving a beautiful patina. The movement, powered by the exceptional p453 manual caliber, is in outstanding condition and operates flawlessly.
For collectors seeking a “Cioccolatone” in pristine condition to enhance their collection, this watch represents an outstanding opportunity.
Dating back to the mid-1950s, it boasts dimensions of 35x43mm, carries a serial number of 343,XXX, and features movement number 513,XXX.