Patek Philippe Complicated Wrist Watches
Giampiero Negretti and Paolo De Vecchi is another wonderful
publication. It was first published in 1997 by Leonardo Arte
and again in 1999 by Könemann. This is a tall, coffee-table
book with 180 pages and has text in English, German and French. It's
a hard cover with dust jacket, the paper quality is high. The photographs
are breathtaking, there are many photos of complicated Patek Philippe watches
which take up the whole page (330 x 245 mm). The complications which
are shown are Chronographs, Perpetual Calendar Watches with Chronograph,
Calendar Watches, World Time Watches, Dual Time Zone Watches and Minute
Repetition Watches. What makes this book more astounding for me is
its price. This book cost me $30.00 Australian, unbelievable!
As most of us will never own such exquisite timepieces, our imagination
is fuelled by this book.
full title of this book is Patek Philippe Wrist Watches Pocket Watches
Clocks Identification & Price Guide Retail & Vintage Price Book
1. What a mouthful! It is written by Roy Ehrhadt
and Joe DeMesey. Published by Heart
of America Press in 1991, it comes from the same stable as the
American & European Wrist Watch Price Guide series. The Patek
Philippe Price Guide has its last half of the book devoted to wristwatches.
This is a very handy reference guide for models, movements and descriptions.
Some of the illustrations are hard to make out due to the poor printing
of some pages. Nevertheless, if you are watch hunting for a Patek
Philippe or you quickly want to check a particular reference model, this
book is for you. Beware, as with all price guides, the prices listed
are well out of date. HOAP also issued Patek Philippe
Parts & Material Catalog Book 2. The other major price guide
which has a reasonable section on Patek Philippe is
Complete Price Guide
To Watches by Cooksey Shugart, Tom Engle and Richard
E. Gilbert. It's similar to the HOAP book in style, though, the
illustrations are much more clearer.
Other publications worth mentioning are various
magazine devoted to Patek Philippe. Of course there is a World
Wrist Watch Time Spec magazine. I have rambled on about this
Japanese watch magazine in my other two "Essentials", so I won't bother
you with the details. The issue to have is No.22, it's called
the Kaleidoscopic Patek Philippe. There are great photos of
manual and automatic movements, early watches, watches that have centre
Another Japanese publication concentrating on
Patek Philippe is a book A5 in size from Green Arrow Graffitti,
No.43. This book mainly covers the recent Patek Philippe watches
which are available. I would advise a visit to your local Patek Philippe
Authorised Dealer for the latest catalogue than spending money on this
book. If you want to see different Patek Philippe boxes, straps,
buckles and accessories, well, they're all in this book.
Just recently issued by Watch Time magazine,
is a special issue devoted to Patek Philippe. Unfortunately, this
edition was not available on the newstands. It was sent out to the
registered owners of Patek Philippe watches by Patek Philippe. It
was also available at some Authorised Dealers. You could also
try the magazine themselves. Titled, The World of Patek Philippe,
this a fantastic publication for the novice and expert alike.