Christmas Book – Books for under the tree this Christmas – The Millennium Watch Book

The Millenium Watch Book – Tourbillons

Admittedly, a book is not judged more by its cover than by the number of its pages (in this case 200), but the figures of this volume in particular – more than 12 months of preparation, ten thematic chapters illustrated by more than 700 photographs and weighing a whopping three kilograms – are impressive. The second volume of the Millennium saga is fast becoming the contemporary reference work on the tourbillon, which celebrated the 220th anniversary of its invention in 2021. Twelve leading international experts and journalists have written a fascinating account of the mechanism, its history and its development, patents, main contributors, contemporary interpretations, an analysis of the second-hand market and the 50 flagship tourbillon watches. In short, a fabulous rediscovery of the tourbillon. Order your copy at

The Millenium Watch Book Tourbillons © Éditions GMT

Investing in wristwatches: Rolex

It is common knowledge that some collectors also (and perhaps primarily) buy watches as an investment. This book breaks a taboo: a luxury watch is something you buy for the pleasure it provides, but only an idiot turns down the opportunity to make a profitable investment at the same time! Renowned Rolex specialist Osvaldo Patrizzi and Mara Cappelletti wrote this guide for one of the three or four brands that anyone looking to invest in watches cannot ignore: Rolex. The result is a major benchmark that examines some 390 watches, including the vast majority of key Rolex models. They are listed by reference number, allowing a comparative analysis of auction prices and the evolution of their value from the 1980s to the present day. All the details here

The worlds of Jaquet Droz

There was great anticipation in watchmaking circles for this monumental work, already considered the authorized biography of a most unique manufacture: Jaquet Droz. The author, Sandrine Girardier, is an eminent specialist. Historian and museum curator, currently at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de La Neuveville, Switzerland, she obtained her doctorate summa cum laude in 2018, after defending a thesis on Jaquet-Droz. This 250-page volume traces the history of a visionary family business, specialist in automatons and creator of a mechanical poetry now rarely encountered in watchmaking. All the details here

AHCI: the independent spirit

Written by this author, this book documents the careers of the greatest independent watchmakers who make up the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI), founded 35 years ago by Vincent Calabrese, with intimate portraits of FP Journe, Ludovic Ballouard, Vianney Halter, Antoine Preziuso and Bernhard Lederer, a recent GPHG winner, among other now famous names. All the details here

Omega Seamaster Vintage

Although growing up in the shadow of its “brother” the Speedmaster, born the same year, the Seamaster remains a collector’s watch with a long and remarkable career. Its strengths – the multiplicity of models, variations and subtleties – are also what can dissuade a novice collector from taking the plunge. Help is at hand from Alberto Isnardi, who has selected the most iconic examples with an additional section on chronographs and military models. All the models presented are at least 25 years old (hence “vintage”). All the details here