For Neophytes - to learn the fundamentals, and appreciate the main
features of a model, its qualities and weaknesses. For amateurs -
to create the desire to know more about fine watches. For
connoisseurs - to revise important concepts and even increase their
knowledge. This new edition includes new illustrations. What is a
beautiful watch? How do you make a good choice? The Magic of
Watches explains how and why these little objects are so precious,
fascinating and exciting. The book presents paradoxes: why a
one-million-dollar watch might be less precise and more fragile
than one that costs 15 dollars. It comes back to the origins of the
measurement of time: how did we go from the water clock to the
wristwatch? The book goes on to technique: how does a mechanical
movement work? How does a quartz one work?; delves into details:
what is a 'complication' and when do we speak about 'chronometer'?;
showcases art: how do we enamel a dial? The Magic of Watches is
unique: it focuses in detail on the basics in order to understand
and love watches better.
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