1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

As you may recall Christie's New York auction a unique timepiece commissioned by the famous automobile manufacturer and horological patron JW Packard in 1918. Timepiece which sold for close to US$ 1.8 million!

Packard had commissioned a very special watch from Vacheron Constantin with the following features:

Chronograph
Minute Repeater
Grande and Petite Sonnerie including a chiming of the 71/2 minutes (something to the best of my knowledge is unique to this timepiece and never seen anywhere else)
Chiseled case in 20k gold
glass cover made if rock crystal

A ferocious battle took place at auction for this piece, a battle out of which the VC museum came out victorious

I had the pleasure of handling the watch last week and here are the photos of our encounter


the caseback is has Packards emblem engraved and enameled

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

the inner case back
1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication


1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication


1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication


1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication


some of the wheels are made in rose gold upon Packard's request
1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

The inner case back wording translates as" Made for James Ward Packard, Warren, Ohio, 1918 by Vacheron Constantin"
1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication


1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication

1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication
Wow!! What an incredible piece...
08/30/2011 - 18:46
I can certainly see why it sold for $1.8 million! Did you have the opportunity to hear the minute repeater Alex?  Thanks for the images capturing the beauty of this extraordinary piece. Best, Mike
the repeater sound was extremely crisp and clear I'll try to
08/30/2011 - 19:02

post a sound file in the near future

Awesome... thanks Alex! (nt)
08/30/2011 - 19:05
vc
How heavy is that beastie?
08/31/2011 - 17:03
Nearly pure gold - must have some heft!  Looking forward to hearing the full sonnerie chime heart.  BTW Alex, any word if the movement was Chronometer rated?
hodling it in the hand didn't seem uncomfortably heavy as for
08/31/2011 - 17:24
chronometer certification the watch was not sumbited to any trials
I bet you needed oxygen after seeing those
08/31/2011 - 20:08
pictures!  What a Beauty!! Tim
LOL, virtual viagra ;-) nt
08/31/2011 - 20:35
nt
Re: 1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication
08/31/2011 - 18:09
Stunning! Thank you for sharing.
Re: 1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication
09/01/2011 - 03:09
What an amazing piece with such history here in the US. The watch movement is gorgeous. Thanks Alex for sharing with us. Best regards, Matt
Very impressive Alex
09/01/2011 - 07:04
Who made the ebauche for this watch? - SJX
Victorin Piguet (nt)
09/01/2011 - 14:16
e
Re: 1st live scans of the incredible Packard grande complication
09/01/2011 - 12:22
It is a peice of art Alex, beautiful. Bruno.
Packard had great taste in watches - the movement is stunning nt
09/01/2011 - 13:40
nt
Interesting the had to battle to get it for the museum
06/17/2012 - 04:22
Did they tell the representative from V.C before they went to the auction., do not come back without the watch!... LOL