Is a watch ever a work of art? Is a watchmaker ever an artist? To answer these questions and many more, Michael Clerizo spent months listening to eleven of the worlds most renowned watchmakers. From the Isle of Man to the Left Bank of the Seine, from Barcelona to Dresden, from the Jura Mountains to Lake Geneva, these extraordinary individuals told their stories.We hear of lives heavily laced with setbacks but sustained by an all conquering passion and suffused with the sweet satisfaction of mastering the skills of mechanical watchmaking, and crowned with the invigorating success of finding others willing to buy and treasure their work. Few books have such a safe, captive and targeted audience as this one; and few are so revealing of the supreme heights of ingenuity and perfection that exist in a high-tech era.