The Watch Hardcover – 24 Nov 2006
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A fascinating history of horology that is also an enjoyable read and
lavishly illustrated. -- Savilerow-style.com, November 2006
About the Author
Gene Stone, who has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a screenwriter and a journalist, as well as a book, newspaper and magazine editor, has spent the last five years researching the watch business. The author of more than twenty-five books and an avid watch collector, he writes a column on watches for Travel + Leisure GolfMagazine.
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Although the introductory history of timekeeping (covering from ancient egypt up to the cell phones of today) is fairly interesting, the most interesting part of the introduction is his comparison of the watch scene with an old European court. This gives a good high-level overview of the most important players, described in the remainder of the book.
The main part of the book consists of a description of 50 of the most notable and famous historical watch brands out there, including their history, relations to other brands, ... These stories (which don't go into too much detail such that they would become boring) are a very interesting read, and serve as an excellent crash course into the world of watches for newcomers like me. However, what really puts the cherry on the cake are undoubtedly the 500 gorgeous high-quality pictures of watches and their movements, depicted in extremely high detail. On any given day, I find it fascinating to pick up the book, flip through the pages, and enjoy just looking at these photos for a while.
The last part of the book focuses on the actual owning, exploring, and collecting of watches. Besides a handful of tips from the author, this part comes with several testimonies from different watch collectors. On top of this, the author created a few top 10s of watches, including "models that everybody should know", "models that are fun to look at", etc.Read more ›
This book was not much worth in that respect. There is no real focus, other than the jewelery aspect of watch collecting. Differences in watch movements and the technical solutions and developments are never touched.
The presentation of each of the 50 watch brands contains really nothing else than what may be found on the respective brands websites.
As a coffee table show of in the waiting room of a upper class dentist or lawyers office it may work, but for a person wanting to learn more on watches and watch collecting it has little or no interest.
The reason why I do not rate it at one star is that the picture quality is quite good.
You'll read about the big brands that everyone's heard of such as Rolex and Omega. Then you'll discover the even more luxurious brands that watch connoiseurs collect, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Sohne.
A great introduction to haute horologie then, and a nice reference work for deciding which watch to buy next!
Not really recommended....I woudl invest in magazines / other higher quality books than this.
Other features include advice on starting a collection, short essays by some collectors, and various interesting lists ('8 Manual wind chronographs', '12 great vintage watches', etc).
The book may be somewhat light-weight if you're an expert, but it provides a superb reference for the relative newcomer, and at this price is an absolute must buy.
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Fast delivery and lovely looking book brought as a presentPublished 5 months ago by samantha collins
A very good book this. Covers most classic watch company's. But not Longines my favourite.Published 6 months ago by Peter Tinkler
Wonderful book. Beautiful photos, it was a gift and the person LOVED it.Published 24 months ago by A. W.
Bought as a gift, it was very much appreciated. Arrived promptly! Lovely quality and would recommend. Dressing of the 5 starsPublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by A. J. V. Syme
I bought this as part of my husband's Christmas as he is an avid collector and loves watches. It is a beautiful books with stunning photos and excellent text - a really excellent... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Wordsmith