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Books from Basel

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This is a German language catalog from several years back that I picked up at a used book store in Basel. I am a fan of Patek but not in the market for one. Basically I had to have this because the receptionist at the Patek booth several years back claimed that they did not publish a catalog. While the story was ridiculous the size of the catalog (1" thick) tells you why they are too expensive to hand out for free to any warm body that saunters past their booth..

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Written by the former Executive Director of Richemont Group this book presents in lavish detail the history of JLC. One of my favorite watch companies, I have had my eye on this tome for a few years now. Given its size and weight I had to bide my time before pulling the trigger. This book is more than just a history of JLC describing the ethos of an amazing organization. The production value and information surpassed my expectations. You get the impression that this book was written by someone that cared deeply for the company, its history and its future.

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This was the surprise find of the show as far as books. I am a huge fan of NOMOS and love what they do. This is a whimsical and laborious researched encyclopedia about the company, watchmaking, and the town of Glashutte. A great piece of marketing literature and fun to read!

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Okay to be honest I felt a little stupid brining this back since its avaialble in the States. However I took a detour during my trip to visit the Vitra Museum/Showroom in Weil am Rhein, Germany to help my wife with a project of hers. Its plainly a great summation of some of the greatest and most interesting cars ever made.

This is a German language catalog from several years back that I picked up at a used book store in Basel. I am a fan of Patek but not in the market for one. Basically I had to have this because the receptionist at the Patek booth several years back claimed that they did not publish a catalog. While the story was ridiculous the size of the catalog (1" thick) tells you why they are too expensive to hand out for free to any warm body that saunters past their booth..Written by the former Executive Director of Richemont Group this book presents in lavish detail the history of JLC. One of my favorite watch companies, I have had my eye on this tome for a few years now. Given its size and weight I had to bide my time before pulling the trigger. This book is more than just a history of JLC describing the ethos of an amazing organization. The production value and information surpassed my expectations. You get the impression that this book was written by someone that cared deeply for the company, its history and its future.This was the surprise find of the show as far as books. I am a huge fan of NOMOS and love what they do. This is a whimsical and laborious researched encyclopedia about the company, watchmaking, and the town of Glashutte. A great piece of marketing literature and fun to read!Okay to be honest I felt a little stupid brining this back since its avaialble in the States. However I took a detour during my trip to visit the Vitra Museum/Showroom in Weil am Rhein, Germany to help my wife with a project of hers. Its plainly a great summation of some of the greatest and most interesting cars ever made.

I will do a quick review of the watches that I saw and liked in a few weeks. However since there are plenty of much more capable people than I covering the show I thought you would like to see some of the other interesting aspects of the Basel show. For me I love collecting books and magazines. Pretty much everywhere I go I look for interesting books, even if they are in a language I don’t understand. I guess it goes well with the antiquated mechanical watches that we produce. Unsurprisingly most of the books I collect are about vintage watches, watchmaking, or books that cover the luxury industry. Over the last seven years that I have been visiting Switzerland and more specifically attending the Baselworld watch show I have easily brought back more than 100 pounds worth of books. When I visit New York later this month I hope to find some time to go the Rizzoli or Taschen book stores in SoHo.