New AP book
It was in 1875 that Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus in the Swiss Jura. Today, almost 1,000 people in Switzerland and around the world work for AP. A new book, Audemars Piguet, et cie, celebrates this legendary brand and recalls the passion for fine watchmaking that it has cultivated during its 136-year-long history through political and economic upheavals. The book outlines the values of the brand and its always-vigilant push toward technological revolution; it gives amazing insight into some of the most complex timepieces – pieces that have forged their own mark in watchmaking history. The book touches on the brand’s dedication to philanthropy and its establishment of The Audemars Piguet Foundation, and its causes. Indeed, the incredibly packed 300-plus-page book even brings you behind the scenes into the wonderful watchmaking halls of Audemars Piguet – where watches are built forever …. Yes, for true AP watch lovers, this is the must-have treasure book of the year.
Jewels of Time
This book, written by Roberta Naas, focuses on the more beautiful time-keeping machines : women’s watches, inspired by art, architecture and fashion. This 300-plus page hardcover book demonstrates the extreme heights of technological advancements in mechanical watches, bejeweled beauties, and artisanry from dozens of the world’s top brands. Chapters offer glimpses into enamel work, marquetry, secret watches and certain genre’s, including dials rich with flowers, birds and animal influences. It is rich with quotes and interviews about women and women’s views on time from top watch executives and watchmakers — who have poured their hearts and souls into the making of women’s watches over a century of timing on the feminine wrist. It is one of the most comprehensive works ever put together on the subject of women’s wristwatches in history, and is sure to delight and fascinate watch lovers. It is published by Farameh Media LLC and due out in early October.