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The Watch Hardcover – 24 Nov 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (24 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810930935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810930933
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Since I recently came to be without a timepiece again, and since my knowledge of watches brands is limited to Rolex, Omega, and Swatch, I ordered this book to read up on watches before buying a new one. This book was one of the most entertaining books I recently read, and I must admit I have become a watch fanatic ever since I read it.

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.
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As a watch collector I always hope to find some new information when sitting down to enjoy a book on my favorite hobby.
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.
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I am reading this cover to cover, as there is a wealth of useful and fascinating information in a very well presented hardback, with excellent photography. A must for watch lovers!
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This is the perfect book for those who are just starting to get interested in the world of watches, or who just appreciate great watch photography.

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!
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Okay for beginners, but for anybody who has a real interest and more than a couple of months of reading behind them, this is too basic and too biased towards the american brands notably hamilton. Pictures are of okay however descriptions get tedious and similar.
Not really recommended....I woudl invest in magazines / other higher quality books than this.
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Bought this as a gift for my husband who is a watch lover. Its a great book - highly informative, beautiful photographs and lots of them. Everyone who comes round picks it up because its not something they would think to buy yet even though they may not be 'into' watches they cant put it down! Highly recommend it!
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If you're new to the wonderful world of watches this is the perfect book at an excellent price. The book covers 50 of the world's top watch makers and companies and provides a good introduction to, and history of, each. This includes detailed images and references to the most important models. The photography is excellent throughout.

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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When you read a novel, it is rare that you read it again. It is a one-stop read...usually. When you read a book like this, the difference between a good book and a bad one is the frequency with which you subsequently revisit the book. I constantly pick this one up and thoroughly enjoy it.
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