For watch enthusiasts, the world of horology is a never-ending journey of discovery and fascination. And what better way to explore this world than through books that offer insight into the craftsmanship, history, and culture of watchmaking? In this blog post, we’ll share with you some of the most intriguing books about watches that have captured our attention and sparked our passion for this timeless industry.
“The Watch Book” by Gisbert L. Brunner
This book is an extensive collection of some of the most iconic and sought-after watches of all time. The author, Gisbert L. Brunner, is a renowned watch journalist and author who has been writing about watches for over three decades. The photo book contains over 400 photographs and an overview of over 40 of the most important watch brands in the world, including Rolex.
“The Rolex Story” by Franz-Christoph Heel
Rolex is one of the most recognizable luxury watch brands in the world, and this book tells the fascinating story behind the brand’s rise to fame. Written by Franz-Christoph Heel, a renowned Rolex expert, this book offers a comprehensive history of the brand, from its founding in 1905 to the present day. The book is filled with stunning photographs and detailed information about the design and mechanics of each watch. It’s a must-read for anyone who is interested in the history of luxury watches and the role that Rolex has played in shaping the industry.
“The Wristwatch Handbook” by Ryan Schmidt
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the mechanics and design of wristwatches. Written by Ryan Schmidt, a professional watchmaker and author, the book covers everything from the history of watchmaking to the inner workings of a mechanical watch. The book is filled with detailed illustrations and step-by-step guides, making it an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the technical side of watchmaking.
“A Man and His Watch” by Matt Hranek
This book is a collection of stories about watches and the people who wear them. Written by Matt Hranek, a journalist and watch enthusiast, the book features interviews with some of the world’s most interesting and influential watch collectors and celebrities, including Franklin Roosevelt. The book is a fascinating look at the personal stories behind some of the world’s most iconic watches, making it a must-read for anyone who is interested in the human side of watch collecting.
“Moonwatch Only: The Ultimate OMEGA Speedmaster Guide” by by Grégoire Rossier & Anthony Marquié
A tribute to one of the most iconic watches of all time, this book is a technical and philosophical study of the Moonwatch. It delves into how the Omega Speedmaster was originally a watch intended for motorsports, and how it passed all tests from NASA to land to its iconic and famous status today.
It’s easy to forget the artistry, craftsmanship, and story that stand behind a timepiece. The books on this list remind us that there’s more to watches than just their utility. They offer a glimpse into the passion and dedication of the people who create these masterpieces, and provide an insight into the history and culture of watchmaking. We hope this list has sparked your curiosity and encouraged you to explore the fascinating world of horology.