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020 9781439190081 (hardback)
020 1439190089 (hardback)
050 00 TS543.U6|bP47 2013
100 1 Perman, Stacy.
245 12 A grand complication :|bthe race to build the world's most
legendary watch /|cStacy Perman.
250 First Atria Books hardcover edition.
264 1 New York :|bATRIA BOOKS,|c2013.
300 viii, 343 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :
|billustrations (some color) ;|c24 cm.
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 328-330) and
505 0 Lot 7 -- The first tick -- A shining light -- Esse Quam
Videri -- Mr. Packard's horseless carriage -- Ask the man
who owns one -- Eagle Island -- The collector --
Acceleration -- Vallee de joux -- A gentleman's war --
Time stop -- The final windup -- Game over -- Across the
sea -- The James W. Packard Collection of Unusual and
Complicated Watches -- A supercomplication -- Age of
quartz -- Collecting time -- Back in time -- The comeback
-- The final gavel.
520 "New York Times bestselling author Stacy Perman chronicles
the thrilling pursuit between two ambitious men in the
early 1900s to possess the most complicated timepiece in
history. In 1999, at a monumental auction held at
Sotheby's in New York City, an eighteen-carat gold pocket
watch delivered in 1933 shattered all known records when
it was sold for $11 million. Secretly commissioned by the
wealthy financier Henry Graves, Jr., the timepiece
contained twenty-four 'complications,' including a
celestial chart over Manhattan. Considered the Mona Lisa
of timepieces, it had been the coveted victor in a
collecting duel that spanned three decades. In A Grand
Complication, Stacy Perman takes us back to the early
twentieth century to tell the incredible story of
horological rivals: Wall Street and high society figure
Henry Graves, Jr., and James Ward Packard, the brilliant
inventor and automobile tycoon behind the elegant Packard
Motorcar. These archetypes of American success went head
to head, driving the finest watchmakers to push the
boundaries of mathematics, astronomy, craftsmanship, and
technology, all to win a personal race against time. With
fascinating historical details that recreate the rich
lives of these players and their families, Perman
transports us from the clubby world of New York high
society to the birth of the American auto industry and its
apogee of style in the Packard line, and into the ateliers
of the greatest Swiss watchmakers. Theirs is the story of
consuming passion, money-fueled epochs and economic
collapse, the obsessive world of watches, and how it
influenced the expression of wealth and luxury through
gadgets and toys that have become symbols of status"--
|cProvided by publisher.
520 "The race between two ambitious, complicated men in the
early 1900s to create the most extravagant, complicated
timepiece ever"--|cProvided by publisher.
590 Gift of Onnolee Elliott, M.T., Ph.D. '64.
600 10 Packard, James Ward,|d1863-1928.
600 10 Graves, Henry,|d1868-1953.
650 0 Pocket watches|xDesign and construction|xHistory|y20th
650 0 Clocks and watches|xHistory.
650 0 Industrialists|zUnited States|vBiography.
651 0 United States|xSocial life and customs|y20th century.
910 AST 201511