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1. Welcome; 1.1 Why a book, why this one; 1.2 Why watches are magic; 1.3 How to use this book; 1.4 The first mission: To tell the time; 1.5 The challenge of measuring time; 1.6 The quartz revolution; 1960s); 1.7 Fantastic plastic (1980s); 1.8 The wristwatch, from instrument to artifact; 1.9 "Smart," or connected, watches (2010s); 2. Buying; 2.1 Ten reasons why you should get a watch; 2.2 Choosing; 2.3 Key elements; 2.4 Secondhand; 2.5 Selling your watch; 2.6 Knowledge; 3.Care; 3.1 Setting; 3.2 Maintenance and care; 3.3 Service and after-sales; 3.4 Repairs; 3.4 Travel; 3.5 Insurance; 4. Anatomy; 4.1 Display; 4.2 Indications; 4.3 Functions and complications; 4.4 Movement (Caliber); 4.5 Case; 4.6 Bracelets and Straps; 4.7 Materials.
Holding a Master's degree in History and Sociology as well as certificate in Journalism with a specialisation in watches and the watchmaking industry, Louis Nardin was appointed in 2008 editor-in-chief and content manager of Worldtempus.com, a reference site available in French, English, and Mandarin. Since 2012, he has been the editor-in -chief of TheWatches.tv, a web based television channel dedicated to watches located in Geneva. Nardin also works as an independent journalist for topical publications such as Watch Around and HH Journal, The Fondation of Haute Horlogerie webzine. He has been a speaker for watchmaking events as well as co-organiser of private events for independent watch brands during Baselworld. He also envisages technical concepts such as the display of the Lady Comliquee, a highly complicated timepiece completed by Faberge in 2015, which won the Ladies' High-ech Watch Prize at the Grand prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve 2015.