This beautifully illustrated volume provides an in-depth look at horology, the scientific study of time and timekeeping.
Brimming with more than 150 detailed and full-color images, illustrations, charts, and technical drawings, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the art of watchmaking and watch design. It includes the requisite exploration and presentation of the rarest, most coveted, and classic watch designs and styles, including these and many others:
Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Romaine Jerome Steampunk Titanic Patek Phillipe1463 Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport Cartier Tank Rolex 6542 GMT-Master Swatch Flumotions Breitling Navitimer
But it's also much more. If you've ever wondered how watches work, or thought about how time influences our lives, then this book is also for you. A multifaceted study, Horology discusses the philosophy and measurement of time, the possibility of time travel, and the emergent smartwatch industry. What once seemed complicated will be demystified through a comprehensive overview of watch movements, complications, and parts.
Explorations of fascinating topics include - early calendars - modern timekeeping - the smallest unit of time - the twin paradox - the golden ratio - evolving design, using the Vacheron Constantin 222 as a case study - decorative watchmaking techniques, including brushing, chamfering, circular graining, chiseling, and more
For the novice or curious reader wanting still more, the basics of starting and caring for a watch collection are covered too. A behind-the-scenes peek into the watch industry, plus pricing and market data, rounds out the contents.
A watch is our most intimate connection with time, and a way to keep in touch with our artisanal past. Indeed, modern mechanical watchmaking is perhaps the last vestige of humanity's prowess in fashioning fine, micromechanical machines. Readers will leave these pages with a newfound, renewed, or enhanced love of watchmaking, as well as an increased appreciation for the value and passing of time.