Printed card covers, 24 pages, highly illustrated throughout in colour with a short introduction and 14 examples described in depth. Privately printed, 2021.
Both mens and a few women’s wristwatches are included and range from the earliest known men’s wristwatches that date from before 1900, up to 1927. For the first time the important early part played by English manufacturers is covered; and for those who are unaccustomed to the quality and style that can be seen in English work, now mostly over or rapidly approaching 100 years old, I trust it comes as a pleasant surprise.
This is the second in a planned series of Horological Profiles aimed primarily at watch owners, collectors, dealers, auctioneers and museum staff, as well as anyone with a passing interest in the subject of antiquarian horology in general. The aim is to provide the latest and most up-to-date information regarding watches of all types. This includes both technical and decorative features and I welcome feedback that will either correct or enlarge on their content.
The size of the booklets and their subsequent limitations is intended. I have no wish to produce publications that are too large or too annoyingly cumbersome to use, and I trust it will be a pleasure to consult these Profiles either at home or on the road. Issues can of course be bound for added durability if so wished.
As a professional researcher within the field of the history of technology, primarily within antiquarian horology, it has become clear that there is a great deal of missing and incorrect information in the available resources. This is not to decry past authors at all, but only to say that information turns up at such a rate that it is almost impossible to keep up. I trust those booklets will help place what are often the most wonderful objects within their deserved historical framework. Watch and clock making has occupied some of the greatest minds (technical, artistic and scientific) over the last 500 or so years and the best work of any period really does deserve to be better understood. In publishing these Profiles, I trust it can be better appreciated.