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The Watch Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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A wish book, a luxury item--yes. But there are serious watch collectors abroad in the land who not only would enjoy honing their appreciation for timeless timepieces but also could stand to learn a thing or two more about their passion, and this gorgeously illustrated large-format book is the answer. True, this book is for men; women readers are welcome, certainly, but featured here are vintage and contemporary watches for men. Watch collector Stone supplies, based on his considerable research, profiles of the 50 brands, arranged in alphabetical order, which are his personal favorites. (Other collectors and enthusiasts, as he acknowledges, might select other brands to discuss--but, after all, this is his book.) Accompanying text imparts, in several short paragraphs, the history of each brand; the beautifully photographed examples are absolutely breathtaking. Even readers who do not usually think of themselves as "watchies" will find it difficult to resist poring over these luscious pages. A general history of timepieces inaugurates the book and sets the informative and enthusiastic tone carried throughout. Brad Hooper
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About the Author
Gene Stone, who has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a screenwriter and a journalist, as well as a book, newspaper and magazine editor, has spent the last five years researching the watch business. The author of more than twenty-five books and an avid watch collector, he writes a column on watches for Travel + Leisure GolfMagazine.
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For the beginner, the book is a great place to start and get a very useful overview. For the watch afficionado, it is a wonderful little volume to return to from time to time and thumb through at your leisure to see old favorites, get a bit of history, see what Mr. Stone and some of the other contributors recommend and whether your taste runs along the same lines or not. There are also some interesting profiles of collectors, who tell how they got started and how their watch passion has evolved.
Definitely a book to own.
I was a bit surprised by its size and quality it is a great book for your living room or just to enjoy on your weekends turning over the pages over the most advanced and luxurious pieces of fine machinery men have build with their hands. It contains reference of the main brands and their most representative models up to 2010, however most of these machines do not evolve as much as digital or other mechanical devices so its reference value can be sustained in the long term.
This book will make an excellent addition to any wristwatch lover's library.
If you're looking for a book to cover many more brands, especially the more obscure, and you don't mind what clearly IS advertising, then try "2010 Wristwatch Annual" It covers what seems to be an endless number of brands with very nice photos, brand history, technical information and list prices. It also has some educational information which is quite useful to collectors and watch buyers in general,
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