Grand Complications Volume X: Volume X: 10 (Watches International) Hardcover – 31 Mar 2014
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The book is a plethora of lovely watch photography, presumably also 3D renderings that – with today's technology – are indistinguishable from the real thing. It also has nice descriptions of different complications, plenty of articles featuring how certain watchmakers approached and solved different micro-mechanical design challenges to create perpetual calendars, tourbillons, astronomical displays, repeaters, and even blackjack games – to mention just a few of the more obvious ones, along with more obscure and fantastical flights of the watchmaker's imagination.
For anyone into watches, this lovely hardback volume is brilliant value for money in its sheer number of sexy watch pictures and technical information, or design inspiration for someone who would one day like to create timepieces such as these.
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- Minute repeaters and sonnieres, in which the watch rings out the time at the push of a button or automatically;
- The equation of time, in which the watch indicates the difference between the actual length of the day according to the sun and a 24-hour day;
- The tourbillon, a modification of the watch escapement that counteracts the effect of gravity on the watch movement;
- Chronographs, in which the watch can be used as a stopwatch;
- Multiple time zones and Greenwich Mean Time;
- Calendars, ranging from a simple date to perpetual calendars that need be adjusted only once every few hundred years;
- Moonphase indicators; and
- Diving watches.
There is also a section on watches with more than one complication. There are other complications that a watch can have that have nothing at all to do with the measurement of time, but they are not featured here.
Although this publication provides the specifications of each of the watches it features, be advised that it does not provide an objective evaluation of any of them. Like the Robb Report and Watches International (the sister publication to Grand Complications), this is an advertorial publication, the primary function of which is to advertise the availability of these watches. That's why I'm not giving this five stars. However, if you want a really attractive publication that will let you know what sorts of complicated mechanical watches there are, this can't be beat.