Horology: An Illustrated Primer on the History, Philosophy, and Science of Time, with an Overview of the Wristwatch and the Watc (Hardcover)

Horology: An Illustrated Primer on the History, Philosophy, and Science of Time, with an Overview of the Wristwatch and the Watc By Barry B. Kaplan Cover Image
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Horology is a thorough introduction to the world of time and watchmaking. Brimming with more than 150 detailed and full-color images, illustrations, charts, and technical drawings, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the art of watchmaking and watch design.

It includes the requisite exploration and presentation of the rarest, most coveted, and classic watch designs and styles, including Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Breitling and many others.

Topics include

  • early calendars
  • modern timekeeping
  • the smallest unit of time
  • the twin paradox
  • the golden ratio
  • evolving design, using the Vacheron Constantin 222 as a case study
  • decorative watchmaking techniques, including brushing, chamfering, circular graining, chiseling, and more

A multifaceted study, Horology discusses the philosophy and measurement of time, the possibility of time travel, and the emergent smartwatch industry. What once seemed complicated will be demystified through a comprehensive overview of watch movements, complications, and parts. A behind-the-scenes peek into the watch industry, plus pricing and market data, rounds out the contents.

Readers will leave these pages with a newfound, renewed, and enhanced love of watchmaking, as well as an increased appreciation for the value and passing of time. A watch is our most intimate connection with time and a way to keep in touch with our artisanal past.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780764363924
ISBN-10: 0764363921
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English

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