The Magic of Watches by Louis Nardin

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The Magic of Watches provides the essential knowledge to understanding and appreciating fine watches and watchmaking.

The Book :
What is a beautiful watch? How do you make a good choice? “The Magic of Watches” explains how and why these little objects are so precious, fascinating and exciting. The Magic of Watches loves paradoxes: why a one-million-dollar watch might be less precise and more fragile than one that costs 15 dollars. The Magic of Watches comes back to the origins of the measurement of time: how did we go from the water clock to the wristwatch? The Magic of Watches dares to speak about technique: how does a mechanical movement work? How does a quartz one work? The Magic of Watches delves into details: what is a “complication” and when do we speak about “chronometer”? The Magic of Watches likes art: how do we enamel a dial? The Magic of Watches is unique: it focuses in detail on the basics in order to understand and love watches better. 

The Reader: 
Neophytes – to learn the fundamentals, and appreciate the main features of a model, its qualities and weaknesses. Amateurs – to create the desire to know more about fine watches. Connoisseurs – to revise important concepts and even increase their knowledge.

The Writer:
Holding a Master's degree in History and Sociology as well as certificate in Journalism with a specialization in watches and the watchmaking industry. Louis Nardin was appointed in 2008 editor-in-chief and content manager of, a reference site available in French and English. He has been the editor-in -chief of, a web based television channel dedicated to watches located in Geneva. Nardin also works as an independent journalist for topical publications such as Watch Around and HH Journal, The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie webzine. He has been a speaker for watchmaking events as well as co-organizer of private events for independent watch brands during Baselworld. He also envisages technical concepts such as the display of the Lady Comliquée, a highly complicated timepiece completed by Fabergé in 2015, which won the Ladies' High-Tech Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2015.