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The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping, from the Sundial to the Wristwatch: Discoveries, Inventions, and Advances in Master Watchmaking

More than a simple chronology, this volume explores the technical resources used to measure time—solar, hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical—just as it explains the key factors behind the major breakthroughs in the science of horology.

From ancient astronomical observatories to atomic clocks, instruments for telling time have always been closely linked to the cutting-edge sciences of the day, ranging from medicine and navigation to aeronautics. Inventions in timekeeping have been crucial to the organization of human society and to activities such as farming, industry, and trade. Each new development was based on the needs and accomplishments of its day yet spurred further discoveries. 

Writing a history of time means viewing human genius through the prism of the steady mastery of a crucial technology. The patient, long-term conquest of accuracy has been the result of successive advances from sundial to wristwatch up to the recent exploits of the heirs to this age-old quest, namely master horologists of the twenty-first century.

About The Author

Dominique Fléchon is a historian and expert in fine watchmaking. Franco Cologni is chairman of the Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. He has contributed to Montblanc: Writing Time, The Cartier Collection: Jewelry, and The Cartier Collection: Timepieces.

  • Publish Date: January 10, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles - Clocks & Watches
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • Pages: 456
  • US Price: $100.00
  • CDN Price: $114.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020080-8


"In a handsome, expensive new book from Flammarion, historian and watchmaking expert Dominique Flechon takes readers on an illustrated journey through the history of timepieces..." ~Publishers Weekly

"...will delight anyone interested in understanding the origins of horology...But this book is also beautifully designed, well illustrated, and a pleasure to hold and to look at. It could justifiably be called a work of art..." ~Watch Journal

Author Bookshelf: Dominique Flechon

Author Bookshelf: Franco Cologni