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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 May 2014
The 'Wristwatch Annual' has entered the 14th iteration by now, so it must be doing something right. In essence it collects some of the most important new launches of the year into one book and adds a selection of articles as a complement.

After a handful of introductory notes on how to use the manual, the book launches into some introductory articles, this year on what can be expected from the independent haute horologie boutique manufacturers (good) and why fake watches are evil and why one should only buy watches in manufacturer owned / endorsed outlets (with many correct points raised but a tonality clearly lifted from a watchmaking lobbying group).

The main body of the book is of course a list of manufacturers and the most significant new launches / current models being sold. For each watch manufacturer the author(s) provide a brief company introduction, followed by the individual models, as well as the movements (in case these are designed in house).

This is obviously the main feature of the book but comes with some caveats. The coverage is by no means universal or complete and it appears that the author shows preferences to some brands over others. So long as you are aware of that and not looking for a complete overview (but are satisfied with a moderately comprehensive one), you should be fine here. There are some notable omissions (for instance some manufactures have no movements covered) and the company histories are more or less always given a positive twist (one can assume the PR departments of various watchmakers having had a significant hand in composing those parts).

The data provided includes all the essentials, from the movement used, to the complications / features, dial, case and strap / bracelet design and materials, dimensions (both movement and case), variations (if any), and a US market price. The latter means that some watchmakers, which are not present in the US market are not covered (although some others are included).

Following this comes a section on standard movements utilized by the manufacturers not making theirs in house (i.e. ETA) and a final section with an illustrated glossary. This is particularly useful for the novice watch enthusiast, as it will explain all the important components in sufficient detail to garner some elementary understanding (and the pictures help, too).

If you are hoping for commentary or critical analysis of the watches covered, the book will clearly disappoint, as this is not its focus. If, on the other hand, you prefer an overview of some significant new market entries / current collections of most watch manufacturers to come in a book format (as opposed to searching for the information on the net), this is a solid guide. It may have an advertorial twist in some of its components but definitely involved a lot of effort in putting together and provides a very decent (if not complete) overview of what is available on the current wristwatch market.
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on 8 January 2014
This may not have been the most expensive but was the best received
gift my Husband had. He now wants to collect all the back editions.
He says that it is the best he has ever seen and was very impress with the
quality (as it will store well) and the actual lay out and detail in the annual.
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on 9 January 2014
Although very American in its content there is a huge selection of watches within these annuals and a great way to discover great makers of fine watches that you might not necessarily have known about.All the usual suspects are in here also .
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on 4 January 2014
I have an interest in watches, this is informative, well put together and covers most of the major high end watch brands and their offerings for 2014.
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on 15 January 2014
Ideal book for any watch addict lots of information kept the men entertained over Christmas my son loves it as he is so interested in watches
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on 10 February 2014
if you love watches this is the book to get, well worth the money and annual renewal for sure, top buy
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on 2 February 2014
This is the Wristwatch Bible. Very comprehensive information and very good value.
I have every edition from 2002 onwards as they're excellent for reference purposes.
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on 16 February 2016
Great book for a watch collector or a interest in watches. Great photos an prices an details of each watch. I'll buy every year now . Can't do with out .
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on 6 August 2014
A excellent reference for quality luxury watches . Lots of makes I've never heard of before so very useful and interesting catalogue
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on 16 September 2014
Buy one every year & arrives on time, well wrapped, great value.
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