Patek Philippe Genève by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery
An almost new/old stock copy of the first edition English language version of this important book, published in 3000 copies in 1982, still contained in its plain card slip case. There is a slight tear to the inside front cover’s end paper at the spine’s crease but this appears to be a fault rather than damage from handling (see photograph detail).
The book begins with the origins and history of the company, biographies of the company’s founders, details of Patek Philippe’s inventions & patents, as well as an in depth look at the watchmaker’s most important and complicated pocket watches. The remaining 187 pages are devoted to lavish illustrations in both colour and black and white showing the extraordinary variety and, of course, outstanding quality of this famous watchmaker. Many of the pieces are from the company’s museum, others are from private hands – some of which have, since publication in 1982, been purchased for the museum. This book concentrates on the company’s pocket watch production, however, there is a small wristwatch section at the back of the book. The book also includes the list of movement numbers used by the company between 1839 and 1971, with corresponding years of production and calibre numbers. Many of the most important pocket watches made by Patek Philippe are illustrated in detail, including, cases, dials and movements – the highlight being the famous Henry Graves ‘Supercomplication’ that was sold at Sotheby’s in 2014 for US$ 24 million.
A companion book dedicated to wristwatches, also by Martin Huber and Alan Banbery was first published in 1988.
An absolutely essential book for anyone with a passion for watches.
Hardback book with red cloth covers and original dust jacket, together with plain card slip case.
Published by Verlag Peter Ineichen – 1982
28.5cm x 25.5cm