Book Review: 'The Mastery Of Time' By Dominique Fléchon | Quill & Pad

Book Review: 'The Mastery Of Time' By Dominique Fléchon | Quill & Pad

I have known student of history Dominique Fléchon for some time now. We have both been on the directing committee and social board of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) for quite a while, and we have shared time on the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève .

Dominique Fléchon, horological history specialist and creator of ‘The Mastery Of Time’

Fléchon, who has worked for the Richemont Group since 1994 and the FHH since 2006, is a tranquil achiever. In the event that you have visited watch fairs and seen different displays organized by the FHH, you have without a doubt seen work he has curated however didn’t know it.

Thus, it ought not come as a colossal amazement that Fléchon would writer a particularly comprehensive book on the historical backdrop of watchmaking as The Mastery of Time .

‘The Mastery of Time’ by Dominique Fléchon

This is a point by point oeuvre following the means of how humankind “caught” time, and it gladly clarifies why horology can be seen as a social good.

Watchmaking: a tie among extravagance and culture

Likely the most comprehensive chronicled watch book at any point composed, this 456-page book on the historical backdrop of watchmaking nearly peruses like a story – an engaging authentic novel bestowing bunch culture.

The Mastery of Time’s introduction was composed by Franco Cologni, organizer of the FHH, which supported the production of this massive reference work. In it, Cologni clarifies that watchmaking is “a tie among extravagance and culture.”

From ‘The Mastery of Time’: an attractive dial for scope mounted on a compass, approx. eighteenth century (photograph Dominique Cohas)

As is this book “a tie among extravagance and culture”: the fascinating representations, comprising a blend of pictures going from current horological works of art to vintage previews and creative photographs make the book a visual treat all by themselves.

Fléchon starts his composition with a glance at the improvement of space science in old societies, which is totally the perfect spot to begin, however less comprehensive books don’t really incorporate this.

Building on what more likely than not been long stretches of exploration, and one of numerous models all through the book of the author’s painstakingness, Fléchon depicts the soonest realized destinations utilized for crystal gazing, space science, and unrefined timekeeping.

From ‘The Mastery of Time’: a 55 mm chronographic twofold confronted pocket watch marked Alfred Dunhill, France, approx. 1910 (photograph Dominique Cohas)

Fluidly, the book proceeds onward to clarify the movement of sundials, water clocks, hourglasses, and early answers for reading a clock around evening time or during overcast weather.

Passing through the creation of stuff wheels (somewhere in the range of 1,800 years before the principal mechanical tickers appeared) and the Julian and Islamic schedules, Fléchon educates us that Arabian cosmology was primarily evolved to compute the beginning of Ramadan.

From ‘The Mastery of Time’: a twofold confronted mounted guns pocket watch with curvimeter and compass in a silver case, approx. 1914 (photograph Dominique Cohas)

In reality, as he often brings up in the initial two (of an aggregate of six) areas named “Horology, a Child of Astronomy” and “From Clock to Watch,” religion was a significant impetus for the general improvement of watchmaking.

Modern timekeeping

The genuine birth of current timekeeping happened in middle age Europe, which Fléchon calls attention to on page 107: “The genuine mechanical clock arose simply after an extensive stretch of exploring different avenues regarding the estimation of time needed by ascetic life in the Christian Western world.”

Dominique Fléchon marking a duplicate of ‘The Mastery Of Time’ at the book’s dispatch in 2011 (picture civility FHH)

Section 2 follows the change from clock to watch (fourteenth through sixteenth hundreds of years), while the third area, “Accomplishing Precision,” investigates the movement of the pendulum and escapement. It furthermore takes a gander at the usage of the condition of time, just as the topic of longitude and the presence of the second hand from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

Section 4, named “During the Industrial Revolution,” investigates check and watchmaking in the New World, the Black Forest, and even the keyless period. Chronographs, chronometers, world time (because of expanded travel), and design – which remembers wearing time for the wrist or other pieces of the body – all make an appearance.

From ‘The Mastery of Time’: the Vacheron Constantin Mercator wristwatch created in 1994 out of appreciation for map maker G. Mercator, 36 mm, programmed development (photograph Dominique Cohas)

Wristwatches and quartz timing from 1920 through 2000 establish the fifth area, which starts by clarifying the profound impact that flight has had regarding the matter. Normally, the Swatch watch takes up four full pages, a commendable respect to this significant section in watchmaking’s advanced history.

The last area, “Valuable and Technical Fine Watchmaking” investigates the most recent twelve years of the extravagance business, a moving time that centers around the mechanical watch as a work of art, including tourbillons. “The good setting for the arrival of the mechanical watch was supported by the way that specific specialists and esthetes noisily dismissed the industrialized watch . . . they considered the to be module as having no plan or character and no potential for stimulating emotion.”

From ‘The Mastery of Time’: the Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile from 2005, a twofold sided wristwatch with 16 complications commemorating the Genevan brand’s 250th commemoration (photograph Dominique Cohas)

Though Fléchon composed this work of art in his local French, the English interpretation streams as though it were newly composed. Clearly, no cost was saved for acceptable copyediting, an extravagance in distributing today.

This luxurious hardback book comes enthusiastically recommended for both easygoing and master levels of interest, thanks in extraordinary part to a broad fourteen-page glossary of terms.

To see live meetings with Fléchon regarding this matter, you have a decision of three Watches TV recordings: A History of Time , SIHH 2012 Interview With Dominique Fléchon, Watch Historian , and Mastery of Time Exhibition at SIHH 2013 .

The Mastery of Time makes for the ideal present for the horophile in your life and is accessible to arrange online at Watchprint or Amazon.

Quick Facts

Creator: Dominique Fléchon

Distributer: Flammarion

Book style: 230 x 275 mm, hardcover, comes in a slip box

Year of distribution: 2011

Number of pages: 456, including 400 shading delineations

ISBN: 978-2-08-020080-8

Dialects accessible: English, French, Italian

Cost: $100/€ 79/99 CHF