Time Tamed – Nicholas Foulkes
This new book by NIcholas Foulkes presents a history of how we lave learned to chart the passing of time and use that information to give our lives greater focus and purpose. From what is believed to be one of the first timepieces, the Ishango bone, which dates back some 25,000 years, to the Omega Speedmaster, the watch that was selected to travel to the moon, Foulkes examines in chronological order the examples of clocks and watches that have been at the forefront of their contemporary time telling exploits.
Some of the stories are known outside of the tight knit world of chronology, the search for Longitude was famously retold by Dava Sobel in Longitude, but others are brought to the audience anew. Foulkes recalls the tale of the sale of the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2014, making it the most expensive watch in the world . . . . until that record was eclipsed in 2019.
Thoroughly researched and well indexed this book will fascinate anyone interested in clocks and watches.
Hardback. 240 pages.
20cm x 25.3cm x 2.4cm