If you’re a regular visitor to The Watch Lounge you hopefully would have realized that we are big admirers and supporters of independent luxury watchmakers. Not only are we in awe of their exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to their trade and but also of the courage and discipline required as a result of the “independent” moniker. As such, it is with great pleasure that we share with you a new book that celebrates twelve independent masters of contemporary watch-making aptly titled “Twelve Faces of Time – Horological Virtuosos”.
The author of this new book will undoubtedly be familiar to you and chances are that you have read a number of her previous works, both on-line and in print. We are of course referring to none other than the extremely talented and highly-regarded luxury watch journalist, not to mention good friend of The Watch Lounge, Elizabeth Doerr.
As a very well-respected voice in the industry, Elizabeth is the senior editor of the Wrist Watch Annual and has written countless articles for some of the world’s best known watch publications. In this new book, she combines her extensive knowledge and passion for watchmaking with the superb photographic skills of Ralf Baumgarten to produce a book that is both insightful and at the same time visually stunning.
Featuring some of the best known and some might argue, elusive, independent watch makers of the modern era, including the likes of Philippe Dufour, Thomas Prescher and F.P Journe, the book provides 208 pages of unparalleled access to the world of master watchmaking complete with 196 black and white photographs.
Capturing in intimate detail the delicate artistry that is the hallmark of mechanical watchmaking at its highest echelons, Ralf’s globally regarded photographic skills marry seamlessly with Elizabeth’s storytelling abilities to give the reader a truly rare insight into the minds and worlds of these modern masters of our time.
An absolutely essential new addition for timepiece collectors and admirers of this finest of mechanical arts, the Twelve Faces of Time can be ordered on-line through the publisher teNeues for the very reasonable price of 79.90€ (US$95.00). The book will be available in Europe in February and to the rest of the world in March 2010.
In addition, if you’re lucky enough to be attending Basel World this year make sure you get along to official book signings on the 20th and 21st of March. Many of the watchmakers featured in the book will be there, giving those lucky enough to be in attendance the unique opportunity to shake some of the mostly highly prized hands in the industry.
Category: Recommended Reading