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The Wristwatch Handbook
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This is not an average book about watches. 'Comprehensive' is an understatement. In fact, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches, by Ryan Schmidt, makes the case that it is the definitive guide to analog timepieces. -- Geoff Nudelman The Manual, October 16, 2016 Many books focus on a single brand or even a single complication, while The Wristwatch Handbook aims to be as over- arching as possible. At 352 pages in large format, the handbook is a beautiful book, filled with captivating images and explanatory text which never gets too dry or too technical... The Wristwatch Handbook, $85 .00, published by ACC Art Books, is definitely worth consideration by anyone wanting to become serious about watches. Revolution Magazine A beautifully written and comprehensive overview of what goes into the making of a watch and what is available... Schmidt's thirst for knowledge shines in his excellent and truly comprehensive research. -- Elizabeth Doerr Quill&Pad Ryan Schmidt's monumental book takes you from the basic principles to the most complicated derivations of watchmaking and is designed to to be a map and compass for you own personal journey", without being cryptically elitist or pretentious. The Jewellery Editor At times it was a little maddening, but my absolute priority with the book was to deliver complex subject matter in an accessible yet accurate manner. It is one thing to gain a basic understanding of a complex topic, but to explain a complex topic in a basic manner you need to really understand it, and that sometimes meant going back to school in order to craft a single paragraph. aBlogtoWatch I have always had a fascination with watches and clocks. I have disassembled dozens of watches in an effort to understand their inner working and much to my dismay, my education about clockwork mechanisms is severely lacking. Discovering, The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Watches, by Ryan Schmidt, was one of the best treats of 2016. Nerd Rage News Whether looking for an understandable, yet informed, overview of watch movementsfrom the general to the specific, such as Roger Smith's Daniels Anniversary movement (below)or if you are desperately seeking insight into whether life can be lived without a Telemeter ('a key tool for calculating firing range'), Mr. Schmidt's brand agnostic" tome could be the place to find your answer. Wall Street Journal

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