New York, NY – Just in time for the holidays, the perfect luxury gift for the watch connoisseur or anyone fascinated by fine craftsmanship and the heritage of invention.
The publishers of Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, launched a new collectors’ series of fine art books, known as the Elite Library, with its charter pressing of Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology. This exquisite oversized, cloth-bound tome offers the ultimate guide to the world’s most beautifully crafted timepieces and comprises the most sophisticated, fully illustrated reference work on fine watchmaking published to date. In addition, the oversize 14- by 18-inch format presents the finest timekeeping masterpieces from over 114 top designers in eye-popping scale. Furthermore, as befits a first pressing of an important new book series, only 500 numbered and authenticated Collector’s Edition copies of this volume will be made available for purchase.
“Just as Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, set the highest bar of elegance for luxury lifestyle publications with its lavish oversize format, thick-stock paper, gorgeous photography, award-winning design and utilization of next-generation printing technologies, so, too, will the Elite Library redefine the pinnacle of collectible book publishing,” said Elite Traveler Chairman Carl Ruderman. “Our daily contact with the world’s most prestigious watchmakers and horologists coupled with our unparalleled editorial and design excellence made branching into fine book publishing a natural and exciting decision.”
A Book Befitting Beautiful Design
With over 380 beautifully illustrated pages showcasing the world’s most desirable timepieces, including many one-of-a-kind, bespoke limited editions, Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology will not only expand readers’ knowledge, connoisseurship and appreciation of fine timepieces, but will also share what’s hot in horological complications as well as point out the leading trends in style, design and jeweled watches. This expertly designed and printed volume reveals the world’s most talented watch designers, from established masters of the craft to the reclusive innovators who drive timepiece innovation, sharing their latest exquisite offerings.
Just as Elite Timepieces: The Definitive Compendium of Haute Horology showcases innovation and invention in the world of watchmaking, the book itself is a testament to the state-of-the-art of another craft: fine publishing. The limited-edition, oversize volume is presented in a contemporary collector’s viewing case and uses a number of cutting edge publishing techniques while still leaving the focus where it belongs – on the watches themselves.
“Our goal was to push the envelope on art volume design,” said Elite Traveler and Elite Timepieces Design Director Joanne Genzone. “In addition to the sheer heft, size and paper quality, which we knew would draw attention, we also blended in a number of next generation design and printing techniques, from acetate overlays to extra-saturated color panels to high-bit-depth digital photography, to make this book an extra-special addition to a connoisseur’s library.”
The Experts’ Voice
Noted watch journalist and Elite Traveler contributor Elizabeth Doerr and Elite Traveler Editorial Director Laura Q. Hughes collaborated on the research, writing and editing of the book, tapping a shared experience on haute horology tempered not only by daily editorial contact with the fine watch industry but also years of interviews with leading designers and untold miles of travel to the world’s top watch and jewelry expositions.
“Of the multitude of exceptional timepieces from exceptional companies and craftsmen we’ve seen, the gorgeous specimens in this book undoubtedly represent the best of the best,” said Elite Traveler and Elite Timepieces Editorial Director Laura Q. Hughes. “After our exhaustive review and research process, readers will be treated to not only to an exclusive view of the world’s greatest timepieces, but will also get vital insight into the creative minds behind these intriguing machines.”
The Perfect Gift
With only 500 Collector’s Edition copies available for purchase, Elite Timepieces will prove to be the most coveted gift of the season for watch connoisseurs. The book is available to order online at www.elitetimepieces.net. Purchases made by December 18th will be guaranteed delivery by December 24th.
For more information or to see high-resolution page layout samples, please visit www.elitetimepieces.net.