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This incredible book arrived via Amazon yesterday. I’ve had an eye on it for a while. A superb coffee table book with really informative text and remarkable photos on high gloss paper. The book is brand agnostic and covers 90 different, high end manufacturers. It has real presence measuring 30x26x3CM; it weighs over 5lb in old money. It is the most wonderful distraction from buying further watches 😂, or even spending too much time on the forum. Any watch fan would really covet this, can’t recommend enough.

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Maybe the BelCanto will make it into the 2030 revised edition. :-k :-k

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I told my wife that the traditional 15th anniversary gift was crystal, or a watch being the more modern equivalent.

I didn’t get a watch but did get this book as a gift and agree that it’s well worth owning.
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Des it is indeed a fantastic book. :thumbup:

I see a theme developing with your purchase habits… :)

Detailed consideration and lengthy research before adding to your collection and almost as long to “pull the trigger on this bad boy book”! :)
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Interesting! I didn't remember that Lindsey had started a thread on this book dating back to Feb '21; and even less so that I'd commented saying that I planned to buy the book myself. @nbg I'm actually a lot more direct and impulsive than my watch buying habits would suggest. In fact I often find it tricky to hold fire on obtaining stuff I like. @iain You previous comment from the original thread warned people against reading the book on the toilet as there was a serious risk their legs would go numb. :lol:

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That’s been on my wish/gift list for awhile now.
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strapline wrote: Tue Nov 14, 2023 1:35 pm @iain You previous comment from the original thread warned people against reading the book on the toilet as there was a serious risk their legs would go numb. :lol:

Yes, that’s still a concern. If you plan to get round this though by using a music stand to hold the book, make sure you buy a sturdy one……. :lol: :lol:
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An update: This great book stand arrived from Temu today. I paid €28 for it, it's made from compressed bamboo. It's extremely well made, feeling solid and well finished. I was struggling to find quality time with my book because of its weight. I found that I was hanging my head whilst I tried to support the book in my lap so my neck was becoming stiff. It's such a simple design that allows you to adjust the pitch of the stand to find a comfortable viewing angle. It stows away flat and is no bulkier than a thin chopping board. I can now keep my hands free for things like wine glasses which, of course, is the real reason I bought it. :D
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I would love to toss this out as a Christmas gift idea, but I hate to reinforce Mrs Watcholic’s already somewhat jaded view of this hobby of ours. Although the book would be considerably cheaper than another watch. :oops: :lol:
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@watchaholic I can't recommend the book enough. It's a thing of beauty and will make your mind boggle at just how complicated some of these incredible timepieces can be. Already it has made me look at mechanical watches completely differently. If you go for it get a stand or something similar to what I purchased. If that doesn't appeal get in a set of dumbbells and get to work before the book arrives. :lol:

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