The World S Most Expensive Watches

Autor: Ariel Adams
Publisher: ACC Distribution
ISBN: 9781851497546
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More than a fashion accessory or means to tell the time, the wristwatch has become a statement of identity; politician or celebrity, scientist or sportsman, what you choose to wear on your wrist speaks volumes about who you are. The World's Most Expensive Watches presents some of the most extravagant, intricate, collectible, decadent, or just plain interesting modern-day timepieces that sit at the top of the price spectrum. Starting at a threshold price of about $200,000, it is a trip through the last decade or so of watches whose values soar incredibly to prices of $5 million dollars or more. Additionally, there is a selection of notable watches that yielded extremely high prices at auction - many of which are historically relevant. A stunning collection that is both informative and entertaining; with detailed descriptions of individual watches and articles that usefully deconstruct the price tag with an explanation of the relevance of craftsmanship and complexity of design, as well as the importance of exclusivity, prestige and collectibility. Prepare to be impressed by a larger-than-life-look at some relatively small items that command not only huge prices but kudos and respect, in all areas of a global society fascinated with using accessorizing to create identity.

Moonwatch Only

Autor: Grégoire Rossier
Publisher: Watchprint.com Sarl
ISBN: 9782940506033
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"It makes perfect sense to publish a book called Moonwatch Only. The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional - the Moonwatch - has done things that no other timepiece has done and it's been worn in places where only a few human beings have been." Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man on the Moon Initially designed for automobile racing teams and engineers, the Omega Speedmaster embarked on a very different trajectory when NASA chose it to accompany astronauts heading for the moon in 1965. Its involvement in the space adventure has propelled the Moonwatch to the top of the list of celebrated timepieces. After years of research and observation, the authors present a complete panorama of the Moonwatch in a systematic work that is both technical and attractive, making it the essential reference book for this legendary watch. "It is an indescribable reference work and a true must-have for every Speedmaster collector" Forbes "This book sets a new standard. Not only for books on the Omega Speedmaster, but for watch books in general. I've never seen anything like it, and believe me I could fill an impressive sized wall with books on watches. Authors of other books or publishers should take a look at Moonwatch Only as well to see how it should be done." Fratello Watches

Moonwatch Only

Autor: Grégoire Rossier
Publisher: Watchprint.com Sarl
ISBN: 9782940506170
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-A new edition of this definitive book, marking the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster -Includes new features and additional historical information "The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional - the Moonwatch - has done things that no other timepiece has done and it has been worn in places that only a few human beings have been." - Captain Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon "It is an indescribable reference work and a true must-have for every Speedmaster collector." - Forbes There are very few timepieces in the world that deserve a definitive and comprehensive book. The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is one of them. Initially designed for automobile racing teams and engineers, the Omega Speedmaster embarked on a very different trajectory when NASA chose it to accompany astronauts heading for the Moon in 1965. Its involvement in the space adventure has propelled the Moonwatch to the top of the list of celebrated timepieces. After years of research and observation, the authors present a complete panorama of the Moonwatch in a systematic work that is both technical and attractive, making it the unparalleled reference book for this legendary watch. This new edition, marking the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster, has been enriched with numerous new features and additional historical information. Contents: Foreword by Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA; Foreword by Captain Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17; Why a Speedmaster Moonwatch guide?; Part 1 - Speedmaster History; 1, Major Dates; 2, Speedmaster and NASA 25; Part 2 - Main Components and Accessories; 1, An Original Approach; 2, The Caliber; 3, The Caseband; 4, The Dial; 5, The Bezel; 6, The Hands; 7, The Caseback; 8, The Crown; 9, The Pushers; 10, The Glass; 11, The Bracelet; 12, The Presentation Box; 13, The Documents; Part 3 - The Models; 1, Introduction; 2, Standard Production; 3, Special and Limited Series; 4, Personalized Models and Special Projects; 5, The Alaska Project; Part 4 - 60 Years of Innovation; Part 5 - How to Start Collecting Speedmasters; 1, Budget; 2, Choosing a Model; 3, Sales Channels; Part 6 - Appendices; 1, Model Codes; 2, Tables & Bibliography; 3, Contributions; 4, Identification Aid

Patek Philippe

Autor: Nicholas Foulkes
Publisher: Preface Publishing
ISBN: 9781848094628
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Patek Philippe & Co. the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer was founded in 1839 and remains to this day a family owned company (it was acquired in the 1930s by the Stern family). It designs and manufactures some of the world's most complicated and expensive mechanical watches and is widely considered the most prestigious watch brand in the world. Amongst many firsts, Patek was the first company to make a wrist watch and in 1933 Patek Philippe produced the first ultra-complicated (24 function) pocket-watch for Henry Graves, Jr., known as 'The Supercomplication'. The watch was auctioned at Sotheby's in November 2014 for $24,000,000, the most expensive timepiece ever sold. In 2014 it was revealed that Brad Pitt had paid $3m for a rare Patek Philippe 'J.B. Champion Observatory watch' as a gift for Angelina Jolie. Patek have commissioned Preface and Penguin Random House to create the definitive history of the company to celebrate their 175 anniversary. Overseen personally by owner Philippe Stern, Patek have opened their unique archive of timepieces and given the author complete access to their museum in Geneva. Patek have created a new archive of photographs especially for the book. Two years in preparation, this book is eagerly awaited by the millions of watch collectors around the world and will garner as much fanfair as the launch of one of their prestigious new designs.

Lalique

Autor: Tony L. Mortimer
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ISBN: 9780753711682
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Superb pictures in color and black and white illustrate every stage of Rene Lalique's glittering career. Here are the jewels, the glassware--both functional and decorative--and the interior and exhibition designs.

The Watch Book Rolex

Autor: Gisbert Brunner
Publisher: TeNeues
ISBN: 9783832769185
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Informative text and hundreds of photos are a fitting testament to the world-renowned Rolex brand. Respected wristwatch expert and historian Gisbert L. Brunner shares his extensive subject knowledge once more. A must-have for watch collectors, enthusiasts, and anyone wishing to become one.

Rolex

Autor: Mara Cappelletti
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited
ISBN: 9781851497836
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The history of Rolex is inextricably linked to its founder Hans Wilsdorf, who took the first steps in the world of Swiss watchmaking as he dreamed about a timepiece that could be worn around the wrist. This experimental research led Rolex to achieve its highest goals in both technological innovation and in the use of the finest materials alone. Its models have been photographed on the wrists of political leaders, sports champions, and film and fashion celebrities, transforming each rolex into a fully-fledged status symbol, a synonym of elegance and precision. Including essays with a historical and technical slant, in-depth descriptions of the most representative pieces and a brief glossary, the pages in this book sparkle with golden hands, diamond-studded dials and patent leather watchbands, illustrated in period photographs and macro-detail. The volume ends with a chapter dedicated to the most amazing auctions that saw the sale of the Geneva-based company's vintage watches.

Jaeger Lecoultre

Autor: Franco Cologni
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
ISBN: 9782080305404
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Self-taught watchmaker and prolific inventor Antoine LeCoultre is one of the greatest personalities in the history of watchmaking. Technological innovations stretching back to 1844—keyless winding systems, shockproof watchcases, the production of miniature components—revolutionized the profession and set standards for the industry. With Parisian stopwatch-maker Edmond Jaeger, he furnished prestigious houses like Vacheron Constantin, Patek Phillipe, and Cartier with movements that made innovative watch design possible. Today Jaeger-LeCoultre preserves its legacy of craftsmanship and is a principal player in precision technologies and design. Using previously unpublished archival material and new photography, Jaeger-LeCoultre traces the history of their historic manufacturer. A catalogue raisonné of the company's famous movement designs and timepieces, including the Reverso and the Atmos, make this an essential reference for all watch collectors.

Patek Philippe Highlights

Autor: Herbert James
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764343223
File Size: 78,81 MB
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A young rebel named Antoni Norbert Patek de Prawdzic fled war-torn Poland in 1832 and embarked upon a career path that led him to watchmaker Jean-Adrien Philippe, inventor of the revolutionary built-in crown winding mechanism. In the 160 years since the pair founded Patek Philippe, the line has remained, without a doubt, one of the most traditional and noble watch manufacturers in the world. This illustrated book couples the most exclusive and beautiful timepieces the Genevan brand has ever manufactured with informative history and alluring photographs. Featured inside are several of the most popular examples from three of the company's outstanding watch families: the uncomplicated but cherished Calatrava collection, the groundbreaking sports line Nautilus, and the cross-generational Gondolo family. Each watch is accompanied by a complete list of technical specifications. This book is an essential acquisition for both casual fans and long-time connoisseurs of the brand.