Two very interesting books for watch enthusiasts will hit the shelves later this year. We have the honor to exclusively announce "Audemars Piguet MASTER WATCHMAKER SINCE 1875" and "Montblanc Writing Time"
MASTER WATCHMAKER SINCE 1875
The pursuit of excellence is reflected in Audemars Piguet’s most prestigious models, painstakingly crafted by artisans for over 130 years.
Audemars Piguet’s expertise, creativity, and state-of-the-art technology are behind the company’s luxurious and innovative watches. At the turn of the twentieth century, the factory employed more than seventy craftsmen, whose mastery and excellent grasp of the changing times enabled the development of traditional pieces and the production of revolutionary watches, both of the highest quality. These include the slimline jeweled watches for women in the art deco era, chronographs in the forties, the first perpetual calendar watch in 1957, the famous Royal Oak—the first high-end sports watch—in 1972, and the ultramodern Millenary MC12 in 2008. The mechanisms, the meticulous processes by which they are developed, and their technical and stylistic inventions reveal the history of a company that combines audacity, ingenuity, and luxury.
- 336 pages, 96 x 114”
- 400 color illustrations
- HC w/cloth cover: 978-2-08-030159-8 $165.00
- Can: $190.00
- September 20, 2011
François Chaille is the author of Cartier: Creative Writing (2000), The Cartier Collection: Jewelry (2004), The Cartier Collection: Timepieces (2005), and Girard-Perregaux (2005).
GISBERT BRUNNER, LAURENCE MARTI, REINHARD MEIS,
AND FRANCO COLOGNI
Minerva-Montblanc embodies a rich heritage and produces original,
beautiful, and luxurious timepieces.
The Minerva watch manufacture, established in 1858, produces fine handmade watches in a time-honored fashion. A forward-looking brand, it encourages new and modern tools and production while maintaining the spirit of a small company.
In 2007, Minerva joined forces with renowned fountain pen producer Montblanc and created the Minerva Institute for Research in Fine Watchmaking to safeguard the company’s savoir faire and craftsmanship.
Reviving the most sophisticated tradition of Swiss watchmaking, the company’s legendary models include the two single-button chronographs of the Villeret 1858 Collection and the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec—the first Montblanc movement entirely conceived in the manufacture’s workshops.
- 288 pages, 96 x 114”
- 300 color and b&w illustrations
- HC w/jacket and slipcase: 978-2-08-030158-1 $150.00
- Can: $177.00
- September 6, 2011
Gisbert Brunner is an eminent watchmaking specialist and the author of Wristwatches. Laurence Marti is the author of a book on Longines. Reinhard Meis is a watch collector and author of a book on the A. Lange & Söhne manufacture. Franco Cologni is the author of The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
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