Find Your Favorite in This Tribute to the World’s Finest Luxury Watches

It’s the ultimate watch collector’s coffee table book.


With The Watch Book and The Watch Book II author and horology expert Gisbert L. Brunner created the ultimate coffee table book references for watch collectors and enthusiasts. 

Now he’s combined and enhanced the material into the mother of all luxury watch tomes – The Watch Book: Compendium. It features almost 1,000 photos and is due out this month from German publisher teNeues.

© Audemars Piguet / courtesy teNeues

Now available for pre-order on Amazon, The Watch Book: Compendium focuses on the world’s 40 coolest and most important watch brands, from Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe to more avant-garde names like Richard Mille and MB&F, whose sci-fi inspired watches cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

© Vacheron Constantin Museum / courtesy teNeues

Covering everything from cool archival pieces—including several military commissions—to the latest high-tech multifaceted timekeepers and tourbillons, The Watch Book: Compendium is a must-have for anyone who loves watches or anything mechanical and beautifully designed. 

© Cartier / courtesy teNeues

“Few objects combine function, elegance, and status as well as a wristwatch,” Brunner notes. “A blend of precise mechanics, craftsmanship, fine materials, and innovation distinguishes the truly superlative examples. 

© Glashütte Original / courtesy teNeues

With so-called smart watches playing a larger role, the world of watches is in transition. However, classic timepieces with mechanical movement will not disappear from people’s wrists, because the ticking of a mechanical watch has been and will continue to be the heartbeat of human culture.”


Over the course of the book’s 500-plus pages Brunner begins with a history of the wristwatch before breaking down the top brands. 

He even includes a glossary of important horological terms. The Rolex section is particularly comprehensive as Brunner has written one of the most high-regarded works on the iconic watchmaker and is a world-class expert. This is a massive book and will require some serious real estate on your coffee table. 

The sacrifice will be well worth it. You can just put your glass of Scotch on the floor.