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.
Zenith - Manfred Rossler
A long history that began in Le Locle, in the mountains of the Swiss canton of Jura, cradle of great Swiss watchmaking. As early as 1770 there were craftsmen specialised in movements and watch cases, gilders, experts in the creation of dials, enamellists who produced watch hands. In 1865 a company was set up in this little town on the renowned Les Billodes premises, a petite enterprise that was destined to become famous worldwide. Initially named for its founder Georges Favre-Jacot, after the first thirty years it became Zenith…. This book retraces the history of the Swiss watch maison, documenting events and practically the entire production of more than 140 years. Setting out from the first pocket-watches, which after the 30’s gradually gave way to the more modern “wrist contraptions” – accessories initially seen in a very negative light – the book documents the invention of both the revolutionary 17 ligne movement and one of the sector’s best known calibres: the legendary El Primero.