Vacheron Constantin watch from 'a true fairytale collection' makes $1.8m
The unique gold pocket watch belonged to timepiece enthusiast James Ward Packard
Christie's has concluded its sale of Important Watches, which featured four timepieces which had once been part of the fabled collection of James Ward Packard, the celebrated car maker and mechanical enthusiast.
Packard was one of two American gentlemen, the other being Henry Graves, Jr, who supported, encouraged and demanded the production of the most exceptional and complicated of watches.
Their 'contest' to acquire the most complicated of timepiece led to the great patronage of Patek Philippe and also Vacheron Constantin. For more details about the life and collection of James Ward Packard, click here to read a piece from our recent newsletter.
Ahead of the sale, Simon Hines, Head of Watches for Christie's Americas and Asia, had enthused:
"In watch collecting circles, this is a true fairytale collection. James Ward Packard is the original icon who inspired generations of serious watch collectors that followed him."
The expected top lot in the sale was a unique Vacheron Constantin.
In 1918, the firm created a completely unique 20k gold openface chronograph clockwatch for Packard according to his specific instructions, incorporating a customized combination of complications, including trip minute-repeating, grande and petite sonnerie, chronograph, and half-quarter repeating functions.
The spectacular piece had been expected to bring $250,000-500,000 in the June 15 auction, but excited collectors tripled this listing, leading to it achieving the stunning result of $1.8m.
Watch this space for more results for the spectacular sale, including the fabulous Patek Philippes.
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