Item description for Collectible Wristwatches (Collectibles) by Rene Pannier...
Whether a cherished heirloom or state-of-the-art design, sensible or frivolous, the watches people wear are often expressions of their personalities. Watches have long been desirable collector's items, as some of the vintage models in this book show.
Collectible Wristwatches features over 500 color photographs of watches, from rare and valuable early models to recent designer creations, from deep sea diver's watches to those worn by aviators. Each photograph is accompanied by a short text explaining the significance of the item. Whether you are a novice or the proud owner of a series of beautiful watches, this book is the perfect source of new ideas for what to look for next for your collection.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 5.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 10, 2001
ISBN 208010621X ISBN13 9782080106216
Reviews - What do customers think about Collectible Wristwatches (Collectibles)?
Some nice pictures, but nothing of value to the collector Jul 9, 2007
A lot of the watches in this collection are fairly expensive, and I'm thinking that anyone who is collecting at this level would have no use for this book at all.
Rubbish! Dec 23, 2005
Contents are low and false. Example, the book tells Vacheron Constantin is founded by Francois Constantin 1755, when it was Jean-Marc Vacheron. Charles Constatin entered the firm 1819(!). Lousy pics of uninteresting watches. It's now in the dustbin, where it belongs. Beware!!
isn't that just like a frenchman? Feb 9, 2004
I had never realized before that all watches were made for men. Not a single watch appears in this book which was designed to be worn by women.
(Almost?) all of the watches in the book were modern.
I also agree with the other reviewer who indicated that information is scant to the point of non-existence. There is a brief introduction which is moderately interesting, but the rest of the book consists of a picture of one watch per page with precious little information about the watch; primarily the comments consist of comments on the watch's appearance, which I can see for myself.
If you want a huge amount of information about watches, try Shugart. If you want a coffee table book with old and new watches, great pictures, but not much information, just an eye feast with a sense of design development over time, Judy isn't bad. If you like watches not just from the technical aspect but also as items of jewelry, Jeanenne Bell is coming out with a book in May that should satisfy.
A lovely book which I read over and over again Dec 28, 2003
Some of the not so complimentary reviews which I read about this book on this site.com do not do the book justice. I think Pannier's book is meant to show would-be watch collectors that collecting watches can be fun. It was never meant to be a comprehensive guide to any particular brand. I think Pannier chose a good selection of collectible watches. Five of the watches which I own happen to be featured in her book. Buy it, because it is a very relaxing book to read.
Excellent value for the price May 3, 2002
This is a lovely book for the price. 384 pages in a square format, each page shows a watch in color with a short caption. Other reviewers have commented that the there is very little technical information, very true but I think the book is aimed at buyers who want an introduction to collecting wristwatches. I got a copy because I'm interested in product design and as a publication designer I thought the book was nicely produced.
Having looked through the book I am intrigued as to why nearly all of these watches are lacking in any kind of elegance. Even the expensive well known makes use dreadful typography for the numbers, have chunky looking minute and hour hands, thick cases and generally clutter the dials with unnecessary markings. I do think there are good looking watches though, page ninety-two shows a simple, elegant Patek Phillipe from the fifties and page sixty-six has a Vacheron Costantin. I'll continue to wear my neat Rotary GS 00898/03.
this site has over six hundred books listed under Clocks and Watches, this inexpensive little book is a good start to your time-piece library.