By Stacy Perman
New York Times bestselling writer Stacy Perman chronicles the exciting pursuit among bold males within the early 1900s to possess the most intricate timepiece in history.
Two prosperous, strong males interact in a decades-long contest to create and own the main outstanding watch in history.
James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, used to be an entrepreneur and a skilled engineer of limitless interest, a self-made guy who earned thousands from his innovations, together with the layout and manufacture of America’s first luxurious car—the dependent and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., used to be the very essence of blue-blooded refinement within the early 1900s: son of a Wall road financier, a important determine in manhattan excessive society, and a gourmand of lovely things—especially wonderful 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 limits of arithmetic, astronomy, craftsmanship, expertise, and physics to create ever extra creative timepieces.
In any watch, positive factors past the reveal of hours, mins, and seconds are referred to as “complications.” Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces—a fabled watch that included twenty-four problems and took approximately 8 years to layout and construct. For the interval, it used to be the main advanced watch ever created. For years it disappeared, yet then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s public sale in 1999, touching off a heated bidding warfare, shattering all identified documents while it fetched $11 million from an nameless bidder.
New York instances bestselling writer Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby global of recent York excessive society into the ateliers of the best Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, frequently secretive lifestyle of modern day watch amassing. With meticulous learn, brilliant old info, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand worry is the attention-grabbing tale of the exciting duel among of the main interesting males of the early 20th century. particularly, it's a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the need for good looks, and the lengths humans will visit own it.