By Stacy Perman
Filthy rich, robust males interact in a decades-long contest to create and own the main outstanding watch in historical past.
James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, was once 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 highway financier, a primary determine in big apple excessive society, and a gourmet of lovely things--especially effective watches.
Then, as now, pricey watches have been the last 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 inventive timepieces.
In any watch, positive factors past the show 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 issues and took approximately 8 years to layout and construct. For the interval, it was once 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 conflict, shattering all identified files while it fetched $11 million from an nameless bidder.
New York occasions bestselling writer Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby international of recent York excessive society into the ateliers of the best Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, usually secretive tradition of modern day watch accumulating. With meticulous learn, vibrant historic information, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand hassle is the interesting tale of the exciting duel among of the main exciting males of the early 20th century. particularly, it's a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the will for attractiveness, and the lengths humans will visit own it.