Oct 25, 2017228 views

Recommended Reading

I thought I'd begin a new thread focused on interesting horology and time piece related works of writing. With many active folks here on the forums it may be a resource to learn about some new sites or writers that you will enjoy. I've seen Stainless and some others sharing items related to specific posts and subject matters, but thought that this thread could be a good place to drop articles not related to any one specific conversation but still interesting and worth sharing.
For those who haven't seen it I would recommend the current four part series Hodinkee is doing on the evolution of the watch industry from the advent of quartz technology to today. I've really been enjoying it so far and the second installment was published yesterday.
Part One - https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/four-revolutions-quartz-revolution
Part Two - https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/four-revolutions-fashion-watches
What are you all looking at on your lunch break or in your free time?
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Jack Forster @ Hodinkee actually provides one of the best, succinct histories of the Goodwood Festival of Speed here that I've ever read. And then there is watch stuff, too :)
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/iwc-racing-team-goodwood-ingenieur-dispatches
#SpeedyTuesday
Even better than a sock drawer find.
https://www.fratellowatches.com/deadstock-omega-speedmaster-professional/
Here is an article detailing a problem that I'd wager most people didn't realize was even a problem; how to deliver constant force (and therefore, accurate timekeeping) from the barrel through the geartrain: https://monochrome-watches.com/technical-perspective-dilemma-constant-force-watchmaking/
I think this just further highlights how much thought goes into the making of a watch. Once the issue is recognized, it becomes pretty obvious; that is, as a spring becomes unwound, the force it delivers become less and less. This article goes over some of the advancements and different approaches taken to mitigate this occurrence.
Vincent.H
I was not, in fact, aware that it was a problem and now have a new obsession with fusée and chain mechanisms. To see a 15th century innovation sized down and put in a smaller watch is pretty awesome.
Vintage1982Benz
There's just so much interesting information in this hobby.
The rabbit hole goes deep!
A continuation of the Four Revolutions (or as the author calls it, "an addendum" -
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/four-revolutions-led-watches
Some cool history regarding the "last hurrah" of the Hamilton brand when it was still under American ownership.
Attending The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a bucket list item for me, but the 24 Hours of Daytona is way way closer. May have to make the trip in the next couple of years.
Pros - proximity, seating, well lit course at all hours, less expense, warm(er) weather in January Cons - proximity, inferior cheese and wine
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/rolex-24-at-daytona-2018-dispatches
I love barn finds, be they cars or watches. Great #SpeedyTuesday story.
https://www.fratellowatches.com/speedmaster-barn-find/
Cool piece in the NYT today. Who knows where to get a watch that keeps Babylonian time?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/world/europe/prague-astronomical-clock-orloj.html
This is a nice little glossary of terms that I like to recommend anyone that is starting to appreciate the beauty and complexity of mechanical movements: https://www.hodinkee.com/watch101
A great historical perspective on the Swiss watchmaking industry and how their culture and values is reflected upon the goods: https://www.ablogtowatch.com/understand-swiss-made-switzerlands-watchmaking-culture/
A nice perspective regarding why the most successful watch brand in the world typically isn't considered in the same tier as Patek, Vacheron, and Audemars (one could argue Lange has broken into this tier): https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/why-isnt-rolex-considered-one-of-the-big-three
Vincent.H
I read that Rolex piece in their year end round up, good stuff. I'll save these others for lunch time tomorrow!
I had no idea Citizen was such a player and had become so diversified...
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/signs-of-recovery-for-japanese-watchmakers-2017
For all the Seiko fans out there (in case you missed it) - Fratello recently did a multi-part series in Japan on the manufacture of Grand Seikos and some of the other more common Seiko movements and watches.
Part One - https://www.fratellowatches.com/fratello-watches-x-grand-seiko-readers-journey-part-1/ Part Two - https://www.fratellowatches.com/grand-seiko-readers-journey-part-2/
This is a great article about one of the movement giants that goes into detail about history, the quartz crisis, and the current landscape of movements and the industry!
https://www.ablogtowatch.com/a-brief-history-of-eta/
More to come; I've always loved these articles regarding how the watch industry got to where it is now.
Vincent.H
Thanks for sharing! This was a very worthwhile read that went back _much_ further than the Hodinkee articles that inspired me to start this thread.
Cool read about a one owner Rolex Sub and the story of the man behind it, with some nice shots of a Red Sub thrown in for good measure.
https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-vintage-rolex-1680-submariner/
Timex and Todd Snyder? Multiple Autodromos in attendance? Booze?
Seems like my kind of party.
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/timex-marlin-todd-snyder-matt-hranek-photo-report
Thanks for sharing these.
Has anyone read "Marie Antoinette's Watch" by John Biggs? It sounds like it might be a good combination of history, true crime, and watch nerdery.
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