What are you reading at the moment?

I am reading the brilliant book by Fanco Cologni - Secrets of Vacheron Constantin. This is a must read for the true Vacheron fan. I received a copy last year as a present and I have not put it down since.

Some of the delights within the book are wonderful. I enjoy looking at former models from yesteryear.

On a cold winters night, it's an early night in bed, a warm drink and haute horology!
The Secrets of VC is a fantastic book well written and captivating BUT
01/12/2012 - 14:44
the last section on the 250th anniversary is too marketing diriven IMHO
Something to do with the timing of the publication/release perhaps? nt
01/12/2012 - 14:56
I have two copies of that book...in Japanese
01/12/2012 - 14:54
I have 2 Japanese-language copies of that book which I received as gracious gifts from my AD here in Japan and from VC (Mr. Torres).yes However,  being born outside of Japan, my native language is actually English and my Japanese reading skills are probably just a litle better than everyone elses.  That, coupled with my busy work schedule, means that I have yet to find the time or the energy to try to read the book in depth.broken heart Still, from the little that I have read (browsed), the book does seem to be a treasure trove of info and photos, and is indeed a must-have.  I do count myself lucky to have the book (books) and am grateful to VC.heart That said, would anyone like to trade his English version for a Japanese one (or two?).angel Cheers! Kazumidevil
I'll send you an English copy and no need to send me your
01/12/2012 - 16:20
Japanese one :-) just remind me after SIHH (and its a shame you can't come this time crying)
If you wish hard enough, Santa will come!...Even after Christmas!
01/13/2012 - 05:35
Thanks you so much Santa...I mean, Alex.cheeky  I've been wanting to read that book for the longest time!!! Best regards, Kazumidevil
The Fourth Part of the World
01/12/2012 - 16:55
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the Genevois watchmakers were renowned for their wide breadth of knowledge and interests.  It was said that, contrary to those from other cities, you could take a Genevan and drop them in the middle of any conversation and they would be able to participate with familitarity.  In fact, the apprenticeship of a young watchmaker with Vacheron & Constantin would include the subjects of mathematics, literature and humanities!  We, as ardent fans of the most enduring Genevan watch maker, should not be any less erudite!  Thus, I am always thankful that the topic of books has frequently come up; reinforcing that a forum for those that appreciate VC is not, cannot be, one-dimensional yes. Back on topic, I'm currently enjoying The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester; a story of the earliest concepts in map-making and the perfect compliment to a previously-read history of Mercator by Nicholas Crane. For books specifically on VC history, the shelves of my "library" are too bare; not for lack of interest but for lack of availablility.  There are exceedingly few independent publications on the manufacture, which is a shame considering the breadth of history that must be contained within the archives of both the city and VC.  There seems to be a very insular attitude at the Maison to the secrets of Vacheron Constantin (thus inspiring the book's title), at least that is my impression....
currently reading a mystery novel by Japanese author Keigo Higashino
01/13/2012 - 10:17

couldn't find the English translation but the title loosely translates as "The House I Died before"

Your language skills are amazing Alex!
01/13/2012 - 22:54
I am truly impressed by the many multilingual participants on the forum.  Please tell the story about how you engaged with Japanese?  As a shamedly unilingual person, I've often wondered if it is difficult to switch your thinking between languages...it seems some concepts are easiest expressed in one language and not another?
now I feel stupid! I'm
01/13/2012 - 23:55
Reading a French translation :-)
LOL, simple misunderstanding
01/14/2012 - 01:32
Regardless, what a wonderful world we live in when you can tell me in English about a French text you are reading, translated from Japanese.  Say, did you know that Papua New Guinea has 830 individual languages in current use!  That is with a population of slightly more than 6 million surprise
I'm just going through "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin"
01/14/2012 - 03:42
the SECOND time.  Still have vivid memory of the Exhibition and I maintain the big book in its tip-top condition ;p Thanks for introudcing "Secrets of Vacheron Constantin".  Will try to get my hand on one. Cheers! Melvin LIM