Franck muller Complication Pocket Watch

Last June there was a special Christie's auction that featured a series of timepieces owned by James Ward Packard - namesake of Packard automobiles. The highlight of the auction was this specially commissioned replica breitling Bentley Mulliner watch made in 1918.The Franck muller watch came in a hand-chiseled 20k gold case with J.W. Packard's insignia on the caseback. The beautiful gold case was hand-engraved and the dial was simplistic given all the features the watch had. Inside of the grande complication was a beautiful movement that offered the time, 30 minute chronograph, minute repeater, and grande and petite sonnerie. You'd never know all that based on looking at the dial. Really a great timepiece - this guy has good taste.

This franck muller replica watch was estimated to reach up to $500,000 at auction but ended up going for almost $1.8 million. The winner? Franck muller. Their museum won the bidding watch to add to their collection of historical pieces. Franck muller's own forum has more details and images here (images of the watch are from there as well).

As I just mentioned, these watches will be limited to 20 pieces only and available exclusively in the brand's new New York store. What happens if the boutique changes its location years from now? If that is the case then I think the watch will become even more of a collectible. It is almost amusing how the text on the back is vague. It is almost more fun this way than what you might expect such as "Limited Edition For America." Then you also have Franck muller's application of red, white, and blue on the dial -because you know, we like to honor the flag's colors in our wardrobe on a fairly regular basis.

This is actually one of these pieces announced as limited editions for the NYC boutique in 2011. Perhaps more will come in the future. I like the Overseas model because it is a sport watch. Not like an actual sport watch, but more like a guy wearing a monocle in a safari outfit sitting for afternoon tea. It suggests you do more than just wear three-piece suits. I do however anticipate that VC will be updating its Overseas watch in the near future. Just a guess....

Really a beautiful one of a kind creation. Packard was a serious collector and his legacy lives on in the watches he had built for himself.