The Style of Time : The Evolution of Wristwatch Design, by Mara Cappelletti (ACC Art Books)
Time is a great mystery. A changeable element, which expands or vanishes, but that appears concrete as it is marked by the passing of seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years. The path toward the capture of minutes and seconds coincided with the phases of scientific evolution that allowed man to manufacture watches that are increasingly reliable, but that are also in tune with changes in customs, social needs, and aesthetic canons.
This book covers the art of watch manufactory as well as 60 great models, covering both their technical evolution and style trends. In each chapter in-depth studies will guide the reader to the history of the most important manufacturers, the personalities linked to the models treated, technical innovations, styles of the period, or records achieved by the wristwatches: from the watch that helped Charles Lindbergh during the first transatlantic solo flight, to the one worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on the top of Mount Everest, the most iconic models will be discussed in detail.
Tiffany & Co. Vision & Virtuosity (Icon Edition), by Vivienne Becker and André Leon Talley (Assouline)
When Charles Lewis Tiffany opened his first store in 1837 in New York City, selling “fancy goods” imported from Paris, he could not have imagined the visions of glamour that his name would conjure around the world. Tiffany & Co. has transformed from a modest purveyor of gift items to a globally renowned byword for luxury and romance, sublime and rare gemstones, joyful objects of love and an inimitable mix of tradition and modernity. Tiffany is a name that resonates across generations and cultures, part of the fabric of social and cultural history, an American institution gifted to the world, an emporium of escapism, a repository of dreams.
Sixieme Sens par Cartier : High Jewelry and Precious Objects, by Francois Chaille. (Flammarion)
Discover the exceptional new creations, destined for eminent clients and collectors, from the world's most prestigious jeweler.
Consecrating Cartier's new collection of high jewelry and precious objects, this volume honors the iconic brand and its signature artistry.
Cartier continues to follow in the footsteps paved by its founding brothers, and to create breathtaking and unique pieces.