By H. Nie­mann, pub­lished by Schif­fer

Plaza Watch International - - Books -

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.

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