Bibliography / Bibliografia

Click here for a summary of the print sources - books, magazines, catalogs, manuals, brochures, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias - from which I drew to write my historical books. I hope it will prove useful to those who wish to delve into one or more themes related to the history and technology of watchmaking. Happy hunting!

Clicca qui per trovare una sintesi delle fonti cartacee - libri, riviste, cataloghi, manuali, opuscoli, annuari, dizionari, enciclopedie - alle quali ho attinto per scrivere i miei libri storici. Spero che possa risultare utile a quanti desiderano approfondire uno o più temi legati alla storia e alla tecnica dell’orologeria. Buona ricerca!


New releases – Vulcain Cricket André Didixein

The brand and CronotempVs Collectors present a limited edition Cricket watch created as a tribute to André Didisheim, descendant of the founder of Vulcain and Real Madrid football player. The 39 mm stainless steel case houses the Vulcain caliber V-10 manually wound with double barrel, a result of the evolution of the 1947 original movement. The dial features Arabic numerals coated with Superluminova and a chromatographic effect created to simulate its aging.


New releases – Nivada Grenchen Chronoking ‘Paul Newman’ Orange

Taking cue from a vintage Chronoking, the dial features a ‘Newman’-style Art Deco typography on tan-colored sunray sub-dials, set against a black dial with an orange gradient minute track. The 38 mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 10ATM and houses a fully restored vintage Valjoux 23 Z movement.


New Releases – Fédérique Constant Perpetual Calendar designed by Peter Speake

British watchmaker Peter Speake and the Geneva-based brand unveil the latest addition to the Manufacture collection: a Perpetual Calendar housed in a 42-millimetre steel case. All of the displays have been skeletonised, as have the hands. Each component boasts its own lined finish; the gears of the perpetual calendar feature a circular satin finish and blued screws. The transparent caseback reveals the openwork oscillating weight characteristic of the Maison’s Manufacture movements. The words ‘Limited Edition 135 pieces’ are engraved on each timepiece.


Vintage ads - Longines (1939)

"Patented waterproof watch - Antishock device - Unbreakable crystal". This ad dating back to 1939 hints to more than just all-weather timepieces. The military-looking aircraft seen on the background is a reminder of the difficult times ahead, as Europe is on the verge of war. The chronograph on the left is equipped with the caliber 13ZN. The watch on the right looks very much like a number of timepieces supplied to the armies.
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"Orologio impermeabile brevettato - Dispositivo antiurti - vetro infrangibile". Questo annuncio del 1939 non allude solo a orologi in grado di affrontare le intemperie. L'aereo di aspetto militare sullo sfondo ricorda che l'Europa sta vivendo tempi difficili ed è sull'orlo della guerra. Il cronografo sulla sinistra è equipaggiato con il calibro 13ZN. L'esemplare sulla destra è molto simile a quelli forniti a numerosi eserciti.
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New Releases – Piaget Polo Field

The gadroons of the Piaget Polo collection are thickened to blend with the textured rubber interchangeable bracelet. The dark emerald tone pays homage to the polo fields and lawns of West Palm Beach in Florida, where the Maison made the Polo World Cup turn into the Piaget World Cup. The stainless steel case of this 400-piece annual limited production watch houses the 1110P Manufacture self-winding mechanical movement.