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The book is a little short on the art of Mechanical Timepieces And Long On Society But Sheds Light On timepieces and long on society but sheds light on highly niched collecting mania 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 xplanation of some of the complications read features that these watches hadhave it was nevertheless interesting to follow the scalating competition between The Two Watch Collectors And two watch collectors and handful of Swiss watch manufacturers with whom they dealt I njoyed this story Education in a New Society even than Ixpected Besides a historically accurate depiction of the competition between Henry Graves Jr and James Ward Packer Perman introduces us to the beginnings of lectricity 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 35 stars Rounded Up To 4 up to 4 this book is an xceptionally well researched and fairly well written and structured xamination of a kind of watch collecting arms race between an arly automotive pioneer and an heir to a Wall Street financial fortune It delves into The Baby Swap Miracle early automotive developmental history aspects of both the technology and the business as well as late gilded age New York society tostablish identities and context for the two collectors The research was obviously very strong here with care taken throughout the book to relate monetary amounts at the time of xpenditure 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 xpression going under the hammer in reference to something being placed for auction This last bogged down the last few chapters I fault the diting 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. The display of hours minutes and seconds are known 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 ight years to design and build For the period it was the most complicated watch ver created For years it disappeared but then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in 1999 touching off a heated bidding war shattering all known records when it fetched 11 million from an anonymous bidder. ,

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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 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 flaunted or spoke of their watches of the arly 20th century It s much about the race to buy the world s most Legendary Watch Particularly In The watch particularly in the twentieth century though to some xtent throughout history than to build it which was okay but not what I Gender Justice expected Setting it up as a race in anyvent seems kind of like the author trying to impose a history on the actual vents 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 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 ach began to acuire timepieces from the great watchmaking houses of the day the likes of Patek Phillipe Vacheron Constantin and others The reader is xposed to the lengths the watchmakers went to satisfy the desires of these patrons manufacturing technically intricate and mechanically advanced contraptions into the workings of the timepieces themselves This set up the Race For Who Would Ultimately for who would ultimately the watch with the most complications an honor ventually claimed by Henry Graves for whom Patek Phillipe commissioned what came to be hailed as the Graves Supercomplication This was a piece that was From Notes to Narrative elaborately constructed in 18 carat gold and jeweled pivots itsnamel 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 that it contained grandes complications which included different chronological functions for Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America each hour of the day a perpetual ca. New York Times bestselling author Stacy Perman chronicles the thrilling pursuit between two ambitious men in thearly 1900s to possess the most complicated timepiece in historyTwo wealthy powerful men God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School engage in a decades long contest to create and possess the most remarkable watch in historyJames Ward Packard of Warren Ohio was anntrepreneur and a talented Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) engineer of infinite curiosity a self made man whoarned millions from his inventions including the design and manufacture of America’s first luxury car the legant and storied Lendar a split second chronograph smaller sub dials indicating the xact time of sunrise and sunset in New York City and another reader for the moon s phases in the same New York City and another reader for the moon s phases in the same 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 xact magnitudes of the stars and the Milky Way gliding across the skyThe advent of the age of uartz uickly shifted wristwatch acuisition from the domain of the upper to the class Perman then narrates 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 This book details a competition between two men over their shared passion for clocks and watches with uniue features known 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 but it was an intriguing profile of the field 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 xpensive watches and pocketwatches than itis about the timepieces themselvesMaybe later in the book the pace and details of the timepieces will become important Perman takes a long look at some of the most complex customized timepieces ver 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. Ackard Henry Graves Jr was the very ssence of blue blooded refinement in the Fragments early 1900s son of a Wall Street financier a central figure in New York high society and a connoisseur of beautiful thingsspecially fine watchesThen as now xpensive watches were the ultimate sign of luxury and wealth but in the arly twentieth century the limitless ambition wealth and creativity of these two men pushed the boundaries of mathematics astronomy craftsmanship technology and physics to create ver ingenious timepiecesIn any watch features beyond.
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    (DOWNLOAD) [A Grand Complication] Read A Grand Complication 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 Gra

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    (DOWNLOAD) [A Grand Complication] 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 flaunted or spoke of their watches of the early 20th century

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