Wrist­watch An­nual 2014

Plaza Watch International - - Books -

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.

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