This is the 2nd novel of Kurzweil's I have had the pleasure of reading. I read The Grand Complication when it was published last year. A Case of Curiosities foreshadows The Grand Complication by mentioning the famous timepiece that Marie Antoinette had commissioned from the 18th-century watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet.
I heartily recommend both books if you enjoy reading something that makes you think. Kurzweil will intrigue you, teach you, and take you on a journey to the past that feels authentic.
A Case of Curiosities
The Grand Complication