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The Watch Book

The craftsmanship of the chronograph

Watch-journalist and writers Gisbert L. Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli pen an superbly illustrated and documented tome regarding the most vital names when it comes to precision timekeeping devices in the top-end category. The authors consider the wristwatch – a subject they have delved before with “Wristwatches” (2014), an illustrated portrait of popular brand watches – the perfect combination of elegance and function that blends mechanics, craftsmanship and luxurious materials beautifully.

They begin by discussing the meaning of time and timekeeping, then the biographies of upwards of 18 premium manufacturers, and, finally, they explore the breakthroughs engineered by these companies that led them to the top of the European watchmaking industry.