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4.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking, 19 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking (Hardcover)
An excellent introduction to high end watches, the colour plates are superb and are on very high quality gloss paper. However the text is white on a gold background with frequent "watermark" drawings in the background making reading very difficult. For this book or indeed any book this is a major problem and should not have got past a preliminary proof reading. There is a well proven reason for black text on white paper, the editors would do well to revisit this in a reprint.

I cannot give an unreserved recommendation to this book in this condition as being unable to read it easily does tend to decrease the enjoyment of the purchase. Simple black text on white paper would give an unreserved 5* recommendation, not to mention a severe health warning to your credit card!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of watchmaking, 7 Nov. 2009
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J. Suyderhoud (ouderkerk aan den ijssel, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking (Hardcover)
The foundations of this highly recommended and lavishly illustrated book are interviews with eleven eminent contemporary watchmakers. Each watchmaker is an artist with a passion for mechanical watches and they are rightly proud of their products and achievements. During the seventies the mass produced quartz watches wiped the mechanical watch industry in Switzerland almost out and most of these watchmakers had a difficult time, but their love and persistence resulted in a renaissance of the high end watch market for the happy few, watches seen as works of art, made by artists in their own right. The book gives many examples of their beautiful made products as well as products of a further 18 independent contemporary watchmakers in a section named "Other master watchmakers". My favorite quote is from the watch designer Silberstein; "The first thing you must understand is that a watch is not an ordinary product like a kettle or a lamp. No, the watch is something very intimate, because it measures the most intimate thing we have, which is time".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest book on great master watchwatchers available today, 1 Nov. 2009
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Ian Skellern (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking (Hardcover)
Great watches are usually the end of a story rather than the story itself. It is how the watch came into being; the thought process; the trials and tribulations of the man - and up until now it has usually been a man - behind the watch that provides the raison d'être of the watch itself. Giant leaps in technology have less impact without the human touch: sending a probe to Mars is impressive, but landing a man on the moon was breathtaking.

Watchmaking is no different. To understand sublime timepieces you have to understand something of great watchmakers; however, that isn't always easy. Master watchmakers tend to either work for large brands, where their roles are hidden under layers of marketing fluff, or as independents, where they likely to have little or marketing presence at all. And in both cases, when we do manage to learn a little in an article or press release, it is often too shallow and product orientated to reveal much of the watchmaker himself.

Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking provides an in-depth insight into 12 great watchmakers - George Daniels, Svend Andersen, Vincent Calabrese, Philippe Dufour, Antoine Preziuse, Franck Muller, Aniceto Pita, Alain Silberstein, Marco Lang, Vianney Halter and Roger Smith- through revealing interviews and lots of photographs, many of which are published for the first time in this book, that would by itself make the book a must have for any watch aficionado, but there's more . . .

It also provides an window into the wider world of independent watchmaking, with pages devoted to Felix Baumgartner, Aaron Beçsei, Nicolas Delaloye, Romain Gauthier, Paul Gerber, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, Richard Habring, Beat Haldimann, John and Stephen McGonigle, Rainer Neinaber, Thomas Prescher, Daniel Roth, Stepan Sarpaneva, Peter Speake-Marin, Andreas Strehler, Christian van der Klaauw, Kari Voutilainen and Volker Vyskocil.

If you appreciate fine watchmaking, this is a book that you will read over and over and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 15 Jan. 2011
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I've bought lots of stuff off Amazon over the years and this is the first item that I have left feedback for. An excellent insight into the world of hi-end watchmaking. A wonderful reminder that innovation is alive and well in even some of the most mature / established industries in the world. All it takes is hard work and imagination. If you love watches buy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking, 29 Dec. 2009
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A very good book spoilt by the art director. The crucial text is very hard to read,white on a gold background and to make matters worse some pages have the text over line drawings.
As a result the legibility has been compromised.
Still the best watch boook of 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of genius, 18 Dec. 2013
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It is very comforting to know that ordinary people can learn to turn out such quality and beautiful designs. A very useful book.
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