Vacheron Constantin through the Packard Collection Brings $1.8 Million at Christie'ssharetweetshareA Grand Complication pocket watch in 20-carat gold by Vacheron Constantin that belonged to famed collector James Ward Packard brought $1,800,000 at Christie's Ny auction. Bidders from around the globe displayed keen interest, driving the purchase price to a great record for Vacheron Constantin in the U.S. market. Packard was one of the first U.S. collectors to work directly with all the Geneva-based watch manufacturer to produce a group of unique timepieces. The watch, along with displaying the amount of time, minutes and seconds beneath a rock crystal glass breitling chronomat gmt , incorporates a personalized mixture of complications including hour, minute, quarter and half-quarter repeating, grande and petite sonnerie, as well as a 30-minute chronograph register. The back of the piece comes with a "JWP" monogram on blue enamel, executed in Geneva carrying out a sketch made by Packard himself. The dust cover bears the inscription "Fabrique pour James Ward Packard, Warren Ohio, 1918, par Vacheron & Constantin Geneve - Suisse". This elegant timepiece is impeccable condition, having been preserved from the safe of your bank where it had remained untouched in the past 60 years.Christie's description read the next: Signed Vacheron & Constantin, Geneve, Suisse, Movement No. 37555, Case No. 231922, manufactured for James Ward Packard in 1918. Nickel-finished two-train lever movement, 43 jewels, wolf's tooth winding, bi-metallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, trip minute repeating on two gongs activated from the pendant, triwa watches three levers inside the band for lock/unlock of chronograph function, grande/petite sonnerie and strike/silent, gold cuvette inscribed FABRIQUÉ POUR James Ward Packard, Warren, Ohio, 1918 PAR VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE - SUISSE, watches white enamel dial, Roman numerals, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and Half hour register.sharetweetshare replica automatic chronograph watches
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