* A complete, informative primer on how watches work. Accessible for the amateur and meaty enough for the aficionado. What is a beautiful watch? How do you make a good choice? The Magic of Watches explains how and why these little objects are so precious, fascinating and exciting. The book presents paradoxes: why a one-million-dollar watch might be less precise and more fragile than one that costs 15 dollars. It comes back to the origins of the measurement of time: how did we go from the water clock to the wristwatch? The Magic of Watches is unique: it focuses in detail on the basics in order to understand and love watches better. Contents: 1. Welcome; 1.1 Why a book, why this one; 1.2 Why watches are magic; 1.3 How to use this book; 1.4 The first mission: To tell the time; 1.5 The challenge of measuring time; 1.6 The quartz revolution; 1960s); 1.7 Fantastic plastic (1980s); 1.8 The wristwatch, from instrument to artifact; 1.9 "Smart," or connected, watches (2010s); 2. Buying; 2.1 Ten reasons why you should get a watch; 2.2 Choosing; 2.3 Key elements; 2.4 Secondhand; 2.5 Selling your watch; 2.6 Knowledge; 3.Care; 3.1 Setting; 3.2 Maintenance and care; 3.3 Service and after-sales; 3.4 Repairs; 3.4 Travel; 3.5 Insurance; 4. Anatomy; 4.1 Display; 4.2 Indications; 4.3 Functions and complications; 4.4 Movement (Caliber); 4.5 Case; 4.6 Bracelets and Straps; 4.7 Materials.
Author: Elizabeth Doerr
Publisher: Te Neues Publishing Group
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Time passes, time is captured, time flies-and in no other place does it do those things better than in the hands of the twelve men whose narratives make up the substance of 12 Faces of Time. Each of these epoch-making watchmakers active in the realm of haute horlogerie has a distinct story to tell; in the hands of these masters, time becomes tangible, perpetual, and personal. 12 Faces qf Tinte portrays well-known horological figures such as François-Paul Journe, Vianney Haller, and Philippe Dufour as they've never been seen before and also provides unique insight into major independent horologists like Finnish chronometer specialist Kari Voutilainen, Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk fame, triple-axis tourbillon technician Thomas Prescher, German wunderkind Volker Vyskocil, English contender to the horological crown Roger Smith, resonance specialist Beat Haldimann, and Paul Gerber, Guinness Book of world Records holder. Two men very rarely seen in the press are also portrayed here: Dr. Ludwig Oechslin is not only the the curator of the Musée International d'Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but also the movement de-signer of sonie of Ulysse Nardin's most complicated and forward-thinking works of art and creator of the MIH watch. Kenji Shiohara is the innovative Japanese watchmaker who founded a mini-department for high watchmaking within Japan's gargantuan Seiko Corporation, bringing forth the first Japanese-themed and experdy fnished sonnerie-using Seiko's Spring Drive movement as the basis. These twelve technical magicians are portrayed in their own environments along with plenty of their mechanical wizardry, providing impressions of what makes them unique. 12 Faces of Time is not only for passionate aficionados of high watchmaking, but anyone interested in artistic photography and beautiful imagery. A feast for all of the senses, you can expect to practically hear the ticking of the rare and unique timepieces alongside the exotic accents of the masterful thinkers and gifted watchmakers speaking from the pages to introduce their life's work-one that comprises an age-old craft. Embodying the animated yin-yang that is modem mechanical watchmaking, these twelve faces of time represent very diffèrent corners of the highest level of watchmaking: individual-and individualistic-styles of this timeless mechanical art.
Author: Simon Garfield
Publisher: Canongate Books
Release Date: 2016-09-29
Genre: Social Science
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. The Beatles learn to be brilliant in an hour and a half. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A US Senator begins a speech that will last for 25 hours. The horrors of war are frozen at the click of a camera. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister lives out the same four minutes over a lifetime. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. Timekeepers is a book about our obsession with time and our desire to measure it, control it, sell it, film it, perform it, immortalise it and make it meaningful. It has two simple intentions: to tell some illuminating stories, and to ask whether we have all gone completely nuts.
Author: Ryan Schmidt
Publisher: ACC Distribution
Release Date: 2016-09
·A fantastic reference work for the novice or the seasoned watch enthusiast·Fully illustrated with 470 color photographs·Brand-Agnostic. Features a vast array of timepieces from over 90 manufacturersDespite the functional obsolescence of the mechanical wristwatch (our phones and computers tell more accurate time) the early 21st Century has seen a boom in the development, production, and appreciation of all things horological. Whether it is presented to the collector as an alternative investment, as a feat of micro-mechanical technology, or as a showcase of artisanal mastery, the mechanical wristwatch has never possessed more forms, functions or facets than it does today. The Wristwatch Handbook is written from the epicenter of a renaissance, a place in time between the Quartz revolution and the rise of the smart device - where the mechanical wristwatch is the antidote to the microprocessor and the permanent buzz of your inbox. From the multi-axis tourbillon, to the split-second chronograph, to the sidereal sky chart, The Wristwatch Handbook covers it all and does so with more than 470 rich illustrations from over 90 of the World's leading brands.The book is separated into two sections. The first section provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical movement. Its chapters explore power, transmission, distribution and regulation illustrating the basic concepts before considering the innovation and complexity that takes place further toward the cutting edge. From the fifty-day power reserve, to the constant force mechanism, and the 1,000Hz mechanical escapement, section 1 will allow the reader to understand and appreciate what is happening beneath the dial of their watch. Section two allows the reader to take this understanding and apply it to the vast range of complications (functions) that exist in modern horology. Each chapter showcases a distinct category of complication. For example, the regatta timer, pulsometer, and monopusher chronograph join a host of others in a chapter entitled 'Recording Lapses of Time'; The power reserve indicator, dynamograph, and crown position indicator are featured in a chapter for 'Power and Performance Indication'; The moon phase indicator, annual calendar, and planetarium can be found in the 'Astronomical Complications' chapter. Once the functional categories are exhausted, the final three chapters explore whimsical complications that have little regard for practical function, novelty time indication, and the 'super-complicated' watch - a rare breed of timepiece that houses an intimidating host of complications featured throughout the book. Upon completion of The Wristwatch Handbook the reader will be able to identify even the most exotic complication from across the room, and be able to share their appreciation and understanding of what makes it so useful and compelling. The Wristwatch Handbook is "brand agnostic", using only those watches that most aptly illustrate the given subject-matter. As a consequence the book places equal emphasis on the classic and the cutting edge, on watches produced in large volume or exclusive runs, by industry-leading technology or at the hand of a master. In doing so the book provides an unparalleled range of watches from over 90 brands, allowing the reader to determine for themselves which brands, complications, and styles they will build their collection from.
Author: Jonathan Scatchard
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Electric watches, divers’ watches, novelty watches, cool watches from the 60s, and elite watches like the Rolex V and Chronograph I: it’s time for wristwatches to rule the market, and these fabulous examples are coveted as much for style as practicality. More and more people—especially young men—have delved into this collecting area, and an increasing number of auctions and dealers have fueled interest. Take a look at what’s available and what it’s worth, along with an overview of developments in watchmaking decade by decade. Throughout, two-page color spreads compare and contrast pairs of related watches, with analyses of why one is more valuable than the other—whether it’s because of age, authenticity, rarity, maker, material, marks, lack of defects, or later additions and restoration. Also included: an illustrated section on fakes and replicas and how to spot them.
Bulova: A History of Firsts chronicles the extraordinary American watch company in a fittingly unusual manner: by recounting an epic, multi-generational picaresque that runs from the Gilded Age up through present-day New York City. Joseph Bulova, the man behind the movement by which America would set its time, was an iconoclastic industrialist who introduced standardized mass production to fine mechanical watchmaking, fostering in turn a corporate culture of innovation that endures today. Less a traditional corporate history than an exactingly curated periodical, this profound new title features eight visually captivating chapters comprising an essay each by luminaries including style journalists David Coggins and Matthew Hranek, music-industry legend Nile Rodgers, advertising writer Stuart Elliott, noted horology authority Jack Forster and more, all edited by luxury historian Aaron Sigmond.
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-09-11
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
The best-selling author of The God Delusion and the artist of such award-winning graphic novels as Wizard and Glass address key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe. 150,000 first printing.
How can you tell a fake watch from a real one? Where are fakes made? What grades of quality can one find among so-called "replicas"? How can one buy a watch on the internet? How can one avoid fraudulent copies? These are just some of the questions to which any wristwatch enthusiast needs to find answers in an era when counterfeiting luxury products has become an industry in its own right. This book, of which the greater part is devoted to the most prestigious watch brands, provides readers with vital information on identifying fakes. It aims to ensure that buying a watch from a private individual, from a professional or on the internet (the global hub for the sale of fake watches) does not turn out to be a nightmare! Illustrated with over 500 photos, the differences between original and counterfeit models are exposed in detail (mechanisms, dials, bracelets, etc.). To our knowledge, no other work of this type has been published to date, doubtless due to the explosive nature of this fascinating topic.
Have you always contemplated starting a business because your idea is not innovative enough, or lack of resources, or too much competition? Is your aspiration to turn your passion and hobby into a profitable business? Do you love watches and dream of having your own watch brand? If you answered Yes to all or any of these questions, then this book is a good start. By no means this book guarantees success, but what it does guarantee is equipping you with the valuable information and positioning you in a more advantageous position to become successful! Learn all the trade secrets directly from the source how to launch and operate a Watch Company with great success.
Author: Mara Cappelletti
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited
Release Date: 2015-02
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
The history of Rolex is inextricably linked to its founder Hans Wilsdorf, who took the first steps in the world of Swiss watchmaking as he dreamed about a timepiece that could be worn around the wrist. This experimental research led Rolex to achieve its highest goals in both technological innovation and in the use of the finest materials alone. Its models have been photographed on the wrists of political leaders, sports champions, and film and fashion celebrities, transforming each rolex into a fully-fledged status symbol, a synonym of elegance and precision. Including essays with a historical and technical slant, in-depth descriptions of the most representative pieces and a brief glossary, the pages in this book sparkle with golden hands, diamond-studded dials and patent leather watchbands, illustrated in period photographs and macro-detail. The volume ends with a chapter dedicated to the most amazing auctions that saw the sale of the Geneva-based company's vintage watches.