On the heels of our most recent post here on the blog, the Wall Street Journal has released a gallery of some of the photographs collected by Michael Clerizo for his recently published book, Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking. The watches showcased in the gallery include examples by the likes of independent watchmakers such as George Daniels, Sven Anderson, Philippe Dufour, Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, Vianney Halter, and the McGonigle Brothers.
The WSJ gallery is just a light sampling of the more than 400 photographs that can be found in Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking and does not show any of the inner mechanisms of the watches, which is where these watchmakers really shine. The book itself, however, goes into some appreciable detail of the watch movements that have been designed and crafted by these masters. While the imagery of the movements may not rival the magnitude of detail offered by Mocafico’s Movement, Clerizo’s photographs and writing go beyond just the watches and offer a unique and intimate look into the lives of the extremely talented watchmakers behind the movements.
And, if the pictures mentioned above are worth a thousand words a piece, I can hardly begin to tabulate the number of words this next find is worth. First and foremost, if you would jump at the chance to have a nice sit down with one of the world’s greatest living watchmakers, I highly recommend checking out this interview with George Daniels on the PeoplesArchive.com. While there, be sure to check out the “Illustrations” section of Mr. Daniels interview. If, like me, you were already well aware of this interview, but had never endeavoured to peak at the illustrations, you are in for a real treat. There you will find 8 high resolution videos of George Daniels timepieces, including 4 close-ups of his movements, and more videos of works by legendary watchmakers of old, including John Arnold and Thomas Tompion.
To dive right into the close-ups, follow these links: