Twelve Faces of Time
Time passes, time is captured, time flies—and in no other place does it do those things better than in the hands of the twelve men whose narratives make up the substance of Twelve Faces of Time. Each of these epoch-making watchmakers active in the realm of haute horlogerie has a distinct story to tell; in the hands of these masters, time becomes tangible, perpetual, and personal—art as opposed to contingency. These twelve faces of time represent very different corners of the highest level of watchmaking: individual—and individualistic—styles of the timeless mechanical art we call watchmaking.
This 208-page visual delight comprising insightful texts by international horology-specialized journalist Elizabeth Doerr and original photography by German photographer Ralf Baumgarten will allow readers to see well-known horological figures such as François-Paul Journe, Vianney Halter, and Philippe Dufour as they’ve never been seen before. Their stories are separately told in masterful English giving an impression of the history, concepts, and technical ideas behind the watchmakers. The black-and-white visuals atmospherically depict the technical magicians in their environments, displaying plenty of their mechanical wizardry alongside impressions of what makes them unique.
The reader will also gain unique insight into major independent horologists like Finnish chronometer specialist Kari Voutilainen, Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk fame, triple-axis tourbillon technician Thomas Prescher, German wunderkind Volker Vyskocil, English contender to the horological crown Roger Smith, resonance specialist Beat Haldimann, and Paul Gerber, Guinness Book of World Record holder for the most complicated watch and the smallest wooden clock movements.
Readers will probably particularly enjoy learning about two men who are very rarely seen in the press. Dr. Ludwig Oechslin is not only the curator of the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but also the movement designer for some of Ulysse Nardin’s most complicated and forward-thinking movements and creator of the MIH watch. Kenji Shiohara is the innovative Japanese watchmaker who founded a mini-department for high watchmaking within Japan’s gargantuan Seiko Corporation, bringing forth the first Japanese-themed and expertly finished sonnerie—using Seiko’s Spring Drive movement as the basis.
Twelve Faces of Time, out now in large format hardback and available to buy here at Watchuseek, will interest not only die-hard aficionados of high watchmaking, but anyone interested in artistic photography and beautiful imagery. A feast for all of the senses, the reader will practically hear the ticking of the rare and unique movements alongside the exotic accents of the masterful thinkers and gifted watchmakers speaking from the pages to introduce their life’s work—one that propagates an age-old craft.
Additionally, fans will have the chance to meet many of the watchmakers portrayed in the book during Baselworld, since Swiss watch book specialist Watchprint is staging two autograph sessions during the fair: one each on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm. Visitors to the book hut on Messeplatz right outside the entrance to Hall 1 can have books signed by author Elizabeth Doerr, photographer Ralf Baumgarten, and any of the twelve watchmakers present.
208 pages, hardcover with jacket, 196 original black-and-white photographs
€ 79.90 $ 95 £ 70, ISBN 978-3-8327-9373-9
12 Faces of Time
The passing of the hours is the one thing we all have in common. Long the subject of philosophical musings, time waits for none of us. This thought-provoking volume profiles twelve very distinct masters in the world of high-end horology. We learn of the unique process, infinite precision and personal vision each brings to his craft. Through text and photographs we gain a heartfelt understanding of the fine detail and delicate artistry that is the hallmark of mechanical watchmaking at its highest echelons. Author Elizabeth Doerr is the senior editor of Wristwatch Annual and has written for prominent magazines worldwide. Photographer Ralf Baumgarten’s varied projects include his first book on watchmaking, UhrMenschen. His works have been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally.
- An insightful overview of 12 key figures in contemporary horology
- Essential for timepiece collectors and all who appreciate this finest of mechanical arts
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