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June 2017

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BREGUET: Watchmakers since 1775 By Emmanuel Breguet
OMEGA - Moonwatch Only: 60 years of Speedmaster by Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié
PATEK PHILIPPE: The authorized biography by Nick Foulkes

Breguet: Watchmakers since 1775

By Emmanuel Breguet

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First published in 1997, this is the new edition, updated and with the notable addition of pages showing the historic pieces acquired by the Breguet Museum since 2000. This unique work not only describes the life and vast oeuvre of the brilliant watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), but also the uninterrupted history of the Montres Breguet company to the present day, including one chapter devoted to Nicolas G. Hayek, who headed the company from 1999 to 2010. The work further includes a large glossary, a table of the illustrated watches and clocks, a chronology, a bibliography and an index of names.

452 pages, CHF 130.-

Moonwatch Only: 60 years of Speedmaster

By Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié

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Numerous bloggers view this work (FratelloWatches, Timezone, Hodinkee) as one of the best books for collectors. It owes its success to an innovative methodology. The first half of the book is devoted to the parts that constitute a Speedmaster. The different calibres, dials, bevels and buttons are all described, enabling the reader to identify all the codes that go to make up a Speedmaster. Published on the model’s 60th anniversary, this re-edition is considerably expanded and has two new contributors, Petros Protopapas, curator of the Museum, and James H. Ragan, the NASA engineer formerly in charge of selecting watches for astronauts, who recounts anecdotes from the space programme about this model. Ragan also states that he does not know any other equipment suppliers to NASA who have continued to deliver their products to the space programme for so long.

566 pages, CHF 250.- Edition Watchprint

Patek Philippe: The authorized biography

By Nick Foulkes

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There is a large body of books describing Patek timepieces, from the pocket watch to the wristwatch, to the delight of collectors all over the world. But so far, none has really charted the history of this prestigious manufacture. The narrative begins in Poland, the native country of the brand’s founder Antoine Norbert de Patek, before his meeting in Switzerland with the great watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It tells every stage in his story, from the purchase of the manufacture in 1932 by the Stern family to the present day. In two exclusive interviews, Nicholas Foulkes was able to penetrate the family intimacy and bring out stories and forgotten anecdotes. Together, they have made use of the brand’s extraordinary archive to present some astonishing, previously unpublished photos.

544 pages, CHF 220.- Editions Preface