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This book, by one of the world's foremost horological experts tells the story of one of the most important inventions in horological history - that of the self-winding watch - a timepiece that functions without requiring manual winding. Originally developed because it allowed the elimination of the winding hole, and thus protected the watch's mechanism from dust and shocks, it later came to be appreciated for more practical reasons. Contents: Origins and Development of the Invention Abraham Louis Perrelet (1729-1826) Earliest Developments Louis Recordon (1728-1824) Abraham Louis Breguet and his Students The Jaquet Droz and their Circle Organisation of Production in Switzerland Organisation of Production in France Organisation of Production in Germany Contemporary Self-Winding Watches Self-Winding Wristwatches New Developments in Self-Winding Watches Conclusion Index of Proper Names mentioned Jean-Claude Sabrier, formerly an antique dealer specialising in horology from 1960 to 1980, was a consultant for the Paris Mus?e des Arts et Techniques, part of the Conservatoire National des Arts et M?tiers, as well as for several other museums in France and abroad. An expert with the Compagnie Fran?aise des Commissaires-priseurs and the Paris Cour d'Appel, until 2008 he was a consultant of the Swatch Group, advising its president Nicolas G. Hayek on aspects of the commercial, historic and cultural patrimony of Breguet and the other companies in the group. ILLUSTRATIONS: 480 colour & 30 b/w
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 16th May 2012
Country of Publication: FR
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 24.0 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 2.02