A Grand Complication

An Obsession with Time in The Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch

James Ward Packard was one of the men behind the luxurious Packard Automobile Company and was an inventor who made millions, though he had one underlying passion- watches. Pocket watches were marvels of invention that could go beyond telling time and have additional functions called complications like sunrise times and celestial movements. Packard contracted with Patek Philippe, a premier watch maker, to design watches referred to as grande complications because of their multiple complications.