THE FASCINATION OF TIME,
By H. Niemann, published by Schiffer
The rather glib title aside, this book is effectively a whistle-stop tour of the entire Swiss and German watch industry (sorry Japan). This means that, for example, rather than just getting a few pages on the International Watch Company, you get a tour of its museum and an appreciation as much of its architecture as the watches therein. The brands selected may offer few surprises, but perhaps more useful is the book’s blissfully jargon-lite history of what the author deems to be the 14 most important complications, from the regulator dial to the moon phase display.