Patek Philippe - John Goldberger
John Goldberger presents the most beautiful and unusual watches ever fitted with steel cases by Patek Philippe. One hundred and eighty-seven superb examples, including the models of today’s production, traced back through time thanks to painstaking research, with the collaboration of the world’s leading collectors and connoisseurs and professionally photographed to show the most minute details and characteristics of the movement, case and dial of each timekeeper. The result is the most detailed research ever dedicated to the finest and rarest masterpieces of Patek Philippe’s production cased in steel. This tome is a journey covering a century of Patek Philippe’s quintessential spirit. Over 900 color illustrations and 800 descriptions provide the collector and watch enthusiast with invaluable information including recent discoveries on reference numbers, dials, movements, related calibers and the year of production of each watch.
Longines - John Goldberger
A symbol chosen in all likehood with reference to a famous Latin saying, but which was then to turn out to serve as an premonition of the path chosen: a path that was to lead Longines to grow and rise to fame and glory across the world. Perhaps it was just by chance, or perhaps a sign of destiny, but that winged hourglass, designed to represent time flying by, the "tempus fugit", was to become a protagonist not only in the history of 19th and 20th century watch making, but also that of the great geographical explorations, of the great wars, and above all - as if to reiterate the meaning of that pair of wings - of the great accomplishments made in aviation... Giampiero Negretti