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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3832793739
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832793739
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel that this publication is well rounded.
Peter Newman
I was very pleased to find each story had such insightful detail and a viewpoint complimented perfectly with the variety of photos.
Kimberly Rose
A fantastic read for those interested watches, interesting portraits of unusual people, and lovers of coffee table art books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jon on April 23, 2010
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I bought this book because I saw that it had some makers who are not in Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking, which has deservedly high praise in its reviews.

The 12 faces is not anywhere near this book.

Instead of pictures if watches and movements of work shops, Baumgarten's photos are typically "artistic compositions" like long distance shots of a car in which the subject watchmaker may be. While it has a few macro photos they are few far between and rarely show any of the beauty if the watches its subjects make.

On one section the subject states he has invented a new escapement, with no further diagrams, pictures or examples.

This looks to me like a tribute to the photographer rather than the watchmakers.

If you want to learn about contemporary watchmaking and watchmakers, buy Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking by Clerizo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fortunat Mueller-maerki on August 22, 2010
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The Faces Behind some Highly Individual Watches

Twelve Faces of Time - Horological Virtuosos. By Elizabeth Doerr (Text) and Ralf Baumgarten (Photography). Published 2010 by teNeues Verlag, Kempten (Germany). ISBN 978-3-8327-9373-9. Hardcover, dustjacket. 208 pages, 34 cm x 27 cm, ca. 300 black & white photographs. Text in English. Available from www.amazon.com , List price $95, available for ca. US$65 plus postage, or borrow from the NAWCC library.

The most fascinating sector of contemporary watchmaking - even if numerically insignificant - is made up of the watch brands that are purely the expression of the values, style and thoughts of an individual watchmaker. The book under review introduces us to twelve such individuals; they come from seven different nations (although nine now practice their art in Switzerland).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rose on September 18, 2010
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This book is a fabulous addition to any watch lover's personal library. The photography is exquisite and the profiles of the watchmakers are both refreshing and captivating. I was very pleased to find each story had such insightful detail and a viewpoint complimented perfectly with the variety of photos. I've fully enjoyed reading it and will keep it at easy reach for me and my friends to enjoy for years to come.
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