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The business of time

A global history of the watch industry

By Pierre-Yves Donzé

The business of time
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6257-1
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2022
  • BIC Category: Design and material culture, Art History, Economic history, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Clocks & Watches, DESIGN / History & Criticism, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History, Clocks, Chronometers & Watches (Horology), History Of Fashion, History Of Engineering & Technology, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture

Description

World watch production today is concentrated in three countries: Switzerland, Japan and China. Former centres such as Great Britain, France, the United States and Russia saw the industrial manufacture of watches disappear from their territory during the twentieth century. How did this situation come about? The business of time aims to answer this question by presenting the first comprehensive history of the sector. It traces the evolution and transformation of the global watch industry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, highlighting the conditions that enabled watch production to expand across the globe and revealing how multinational companies gradually emerged to dominate the industry.

Contents

Introduction
1 The situation in the mid-nineteenth century
2 Responding to the American challenge, 1870-90
3 A first phase of technological and industrial diffusion, 1890-1914
4 The transformation of the watch industry, 1914-45
5 A first wave of foreign direct investment, 1945-70
6 The impact of electronics, 1970-85
7 Reorganisation of global value chains since 1985
8 Epilogue: the world watch industry in 2017
Conclusion
Index

Author

Pierre-Yves Donzé is Professor of Business History at Osaka University

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