PDF KINDLE A Grand Complication ☆ Stacy Perman
Ugh to some extent throughout history than to build it which was okay but not what I expected setting it up as a race in any it up as a race in any seems ind of like the author trying to impose a history on the actual events one of the two protagonists of the ostensible race didn t come off as particularly competitive about the whole thing he just wanted a really complex mechanical watch I enjoyed this story even than I expected Besides a historically accurate depiction of the competition between Henry Graves Jr and James Ward Packer Perman introduces us to the beginnings of electricity production and selling automobiles and the gilded age of massive wealth accumulation from about the 1880s to the great depression in 1929 And of course horology The only uibble I have is I would have liked a little discussiondescription of the mechanics that go into making these incredible machines Great read Incredibly interesting to see how far two titans take their wealth and push the boundaries of what famed watchmakers can do A must read for watch nuts andor anyone who is interested in the conspicuous consumption or in Graves and Packard s cases inconspicuously conspicuous Consumption As They Never as they never or spoke of their watches of the early 20th century A good read but this is only going to be of interest to a specialized audience one interested in the history of complex mechanical watches To my delight this book introduced me to Ward Packard and the Packard Motor Car Company one of the two principal watch collectors focused on in the book the other is Henry Graves an investment banker While I would have appreciated a better explanation of some of the complications read features that these watches hadhave it was nevertheless interesting to follow the escalating competition between the two watch collectors and the handful of Swiss watch manufacturers with whom they dealt This book details a competition between two men over their shared passion for clocks and watches with uniue features nown as complications Standard complications include date moon phase stopwatch but increase in complexity to such things as a night sky view to minute repeaters which played a tune on the hour half and uarter hours The history of the two men and their families is discussed as well as a history of clock making and the creation of the great houses of horology It would have been interesting to read about how
these complex machines were designed and how the complications actually worked complex machines were designed and how the complications actually worked it was an intriguing profile of the field. The display of hours minutes and seconds are nown as “complications” Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces a fabled watch that incorporated twenty four complications and took nearly eight years to design and build For the period it was the most complicated watch ever created For years it disappeared but then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in 1999 touching off a heated bidding war shattering all nown records when it fetched 11 million from an anonymous bidder. If you are looking for a book about technology and how it was advanced this is not the book for you The author focuses completely on the obsessions of these men and the book becomes too much of a soap opera Perman takes a long look at some of the most complex customized timepieces ever built and the two wealthy scions who commissioned them and in so doing launched both a race to outdoor one another and ultimately to which watch fetched the most at auction after their deaths The book is a little short on the art of mechanical timepieces and long on society but sheds light on art of mechanical timepieces and long on society but sheds light on highly niched collecting mania This is a well written account of two wealthy men James Ward Packard and Henry Graves and their feverish obsession to acuire the grandest most mechanically complex timepiece that could be conjured up and actually manufactured The work begins with a historical background of both men and their families and how each began to acuire timepieces from the great watchmaking houses of the day the likes of Patek Phillipe Vacheron Constantin and others The reader is exposed to the lengths the watchmakers went *to satisfy the desires of these patrons manufacturing technically intricate and mechanically advanced contraptions into *satisfy the desires of these patrons manufacturing technically intricate and mechanically advanced contraptions into workings of the timepieces themselves This set intricate and mechanically advanced contraptions into the workings of the timepieces themselves This set the race for who would ultimately possess the watch with the most complications an honor eventually claimed by Henry Graves for whom Patek Phillipe commissioned what came to be hailed as the Graves Supercomplication This was a piece that was elaborately constructed in 18 carat gold and jeweled pivots its enamel dials were protected by crystal the hardness of sapphire that only a diamond could penetrate It contained over 900 individual pieces none of which was bigger than a grain of rice or a strand of hair It had been crafted by hand using hand made parts including 430 screws 110 wheels than 120 moving parts and 70 jewels But its uniue feature was that it contained 24 grandes complications which included different chronological functions for each hour of the day a perpetual calendar a split second chronograph smaller sub dials indicating the exact time of sunrise and sunset in New York City and another reader for the moon s phases in the same geography It included a minute repeater that struck the hour half hour and uarter hour with the same melody as the Big Ben Additionally it included a midnight blue celestial chart that mapped the nighttime Manhattan sky with exact magnitudes of the stars and the Milky Way gliding ac. 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 historyTwo wealthy powerful men engage in a decades long contest to create and possess the most remarkable watch in historyJames Ward Packard of Warren Ohio was an entrepreneur and a talented engineer of infinite curiosity a self made man who earned millions from his inventions including the design and manufacture of America’s first luxury car the elegant and storied ,
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Ross the skyThe advent of the age of uickly shifted wristwatch acuisition from the domain of the upper class to the middle class Perman then how the market for auctions reached a frenzied pitch as these objets d art became increasingly difficult to procure She introduces the reader to the world of other obsessive collectors such as Seth Atwood in Chicago and the Patek Phillipe Museum who made it their mission to acuire as many of these legendary custom made timepieces as they could get their hands onThis book is a nice overview to the world of horology and how the art of mechanical timepieces survived macroeconomic downturns largely because of the obsessions of a few men notably Henry Graves and James Ward Packard Today the acuisition of these prized watches remains a frenzy and Stacy Perman helps us understand why 35 stars rounded up to 4 What this book is an exceptionally well researched and fairly well written and structured examination of a ind of watch collecting arms race between an early automotive pioneer and an heir to a Wall Street financial fortune It delves into early automotive developmental history aspects of both the technology and the business as well as late gilded age New York society to establish identities and context For The Two Collectors the two collectors research was obviously very strong here with care taken throughout the book to relate monetary amounts at the time of expenditure to today or at least 2013 dollars What it isn t a useful guide to understanding the workings of mechanical watches The book is crying out for an appended glossary defining the purpose of the many components of these uniue devices The author is also in somewhat desperate need for a synonymous phrase to the expression going under the hammer in reference to something being placed for auction This last bogged down the last few chapters I fault the editing team 3 7 people according to the acknowledgements vice the author for both the missing glossary and the repetitive phrasing I find it frustrating when a book is this good but clearly could have been significantly better I mhavinga tough time getting into this book it s much about the lives of two wealthy men and their fierce competition to own the most complicated and expensive watches and pocketwatches than itis about the timepieces themselvesMaybe later in the book the pace and details of the timepieces will become important It s much about the race to buy the world s most legendary watch particularly in the early twentieth century tho. Ackard Henry Graves Jr was the very essence of blue blooded refinement in the early 1900s son of a Wall Street financier a central figure in New York high society and a connoisseur of beautiful things especially fine watchesThen as now expensive watches were the ultimate sign of luxury and wealth but in the early twentieth century the limitless ambition wealth and creativity of these two men pushed the boundaries of mathematics astronomy craftsmanship technology and physics to create ever ingenious timepiecesIn any watch features beyond.