Hardcover: 212 pages
Publisher: Konemann (May 1999)
Language: German, English, French
Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Complication is the upmost level in watchmaking and Patek Philipe is the upmost swiss watchmaker. These two things meet in this beautiful album. The history of Patek Philipe complicated watches from 20s up to 80s represented by gorgeous photos. Every watch is represented by dial, movement and case back pictures. The book may serve both as a nice reading and as a collector's book. Excellent print. The only minus is the lack of detailed movements information (ref. number provided for every watch).
This book presents an anonymous Italian collector's extremely focused collection of complicated Patek Philippe wristwatches. Production values are exemplary. Marvelously consistent and detailed photographs detail the collection, grouped according to genre. The informative multilingual introduction is relatively brief, but it's the watches to follow that form the bulk of this enterprise, appropriately. I just loved this book!
It is not only an informative source about the rarest and most sought-after wrist watches by Patek Philippe, it is also lavishly illustrated with amazing color photos that almost stick out of the book. To be able to glimpse at a similar quality of wrist watches you would have to find a specialized museum or fly to Switzerland to the Patek philippe factory.Makes you envious of this private collector who had the vision and the foresight, as well as the money, to start collecting these marvelous and almost unique masterpieces.
If you are a fan of these highly sought after masterpieces, this is a great guide for taking a look at the craftsmanship and creativity that comes alive with timepieces. This is a must have for anyone that is a fan of Patek Phillippe.
as described, very nice book
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