Wristwatch Annual 2014
The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models and Specifications. Those of a certain age, and perhaps culture, will recall the excitement felt come Christmas when a guaranteed present would be the annual from one’s favourite comic: therein would lie a bumper special of cartoon strips, puzzles and features - just enough to see one through to New Year. So now comes the horophile equivalent for grown-ups. This the 16th edition of the go-to almanac for mechanical watch collectors, featuring details of some 1,400 models from 130 makers, giving production details, available variations and prices. It is illustrated “with elegant colour photography” – which is something publishers still love to point out, as if this was the 1940s and Technicolor was wowing the world. It may not make for good front-to-back-page reading, but for watch fans this tome is as close to that other invention of times past, the porn mag, as you can get.