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By Stacy Perman

ISBN-10: 1439190100

ISBN-13: 9781439190104

Prosperous, robust males have interaction in a decades-long contest to create and own the main notable watch in historical past.

James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, used to be an entrepreneur and a skilled engineer of endless interest, a self-made guy who earned thousands from his innovations, together with the layout and manufacture of America's first luxurious car--the based and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., used to be the very essence of blue-blooded refinement within the early 1900s: son of a Wall highway financier, a imperative determine in ny excessive society, and a gourmet of lovely things--especially superb watches.

Then, as now, dear watches have been the final word signal of luxurious and wealth, yet within the early 20th century the unlimited ambition, wealth, and creativity of those males driven the bounds of arithmetic, astronomy, craftsmanship, know-how, and physics to create ever extra creative timepieces.

In any watch, positive factors past the show of hours, mins, and seconds are often called "complications." Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces--a fabled watch that integrated twenty-four problems and took approximately 8 years to layout and construct. For the interval, it was once the main complex watch ever created. For years it disappeared, yet then it surfaced at a Sotheby's public sale in 1999, touching off a heated bidding battle, shattering all identified documents while it fetched $11 million from an nameless bidder.

New York occasions bestselling writer Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby global of latest York excessive society into the ateliers of the best Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, usually secretive tradition of modern day watch gathering. With meticulous examine, vibrant ancient info, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand hassle is the attention-grabbing tale of the exciting duel among of the main interesting males of the early 20th century. chiefly, it's a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the will for attractiveness, and the lengths humans will visit own it.

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