004: A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch

In this episode, Joe interviews New York Times bestselling author, Stacy Perman about her latest book, A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch (Atria Books). She discusses the rivalry between gilded age tycoons, Henry Graves, Jr. and James Ward Packard, who commissioned some of the world’s most complicated watches. The informal but intense rivalry between these two collectors resulted in the manufacture by Patek Philippe of the “Supercomplication.” Delivered to Graves in 1933, it sealed his victory. The “Supercomplication” itself was sold for auction at Sotheby’s for $11 million!

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