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The Beauty of Time

"The Beauty of Time contains a panorama of the most beautiful timepieces from the Middle Ages to the present."

The Beauty of Time, 2018

Published in partnership with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, The Beauty of Time contains a panorama of the most beautiful timepieces from the Middle Ages to the present. The book presents a rich selection of horological wonders—from mechanical and pendulum clocks, to pocket and wristwatches. The timepieces are annotated by an expert horology historian and accompanied by a text that elucidates the cultural and artistic contexts in which they were created.

As a contextual counterpoint to the timepieces, extensive reproductions of artistic masterpieces provide perspective regarding the technical advances of each period and demonstrate the evolution of aesthetic tastes over time.

This unique book, an homage to a single instrument—so often conceived as a work of art—is intended as much for horology enthusiasts as for art and decorative-arts aficionados, history lovers, and collectors.


Beaux Livres Flammarion - The Beauty of Time, François Chaille, Dominique Fléchon and la Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Foreword by Franco Cologni, 75€, 280 pages, hardcover with jacket, 230x275 mm.

Version in French, English and Italian.

Distributed worldwide by Flammarion Editions and Marsilio Editions (Italian version) in all the most important bookshops and all the major online bookstore.


Art and decorative arts historian François Chaille is an expert on art history, fashion, jewelry, and watchmaking. He has published numerous works with Flammarion including the three volumes of The Cartier Collection (Jewelry, Timepieces, and Precious Objects), Cartier: The Tank Watch: Timeless Style (2012), and Cartier Royal (2014), and Cartier Magician (2016).

Dominique Fléchon a historian and expert on fine watchmaking, is the author of many specialist works and monographs including Cartier: The Tank Watch (1998) in collaboration with Franco Cologni, Secrets of Vacheron Constantin (2005), The Mastery of Time (2011), all published by Flammarion.