By Jose Mota Tavares & Fernando Correia de Oliveira; 2006, Ancora editors, Lisabon ( <a href="http://www.ancora-editora.pt/">www.ancora-editora.pt</a> ), hardcover, 198p., bibliography.
Over history there have been a handful of great horological nations: Germany, England, France, Switzerland, the USA. There are good and reasonably complete directory of historic makers and brands available for all of them, and most serious horological collectors know the standard works: Abeler, Baillie, Tardy, Pritschard, Spittler.
Other countries have a rich horological history as well: Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Japan, the Scandinavian countries, Canada, Spain all have produced noteworthy clock and watchmakers as well as directories listing them, although these titles are harder to track down (but the Library and Research Center (LARC) in Columbia has all of them).
Then there are countries who hardly ever appear on the radar screen of horological researchers. One of them is Portugal. Until recently there was virtually nothing published about portugese timekeepers and the people behind them. That void has now been partially filled: In the fall of 2006 “Relogios e Relojoeiros” a directory of horology related people in Portugal was published.
With some 750 alphabetically arranged entries it lists known makers, brands, retailers, collectors and horological scholars, with short factual entries ranging from a couple of lines to a full page. On virtually every page there are illustrations (many in color). The text is in portugese, which will somewhat limit the number of Americans buying the title, but LARC has a copy available.
The authors deserve our gratitude for the big work that goes into creating such a directory, this is always a labor of love; nobody (authors or publishers) earns any money producing such specialized titles. Thank you Mr. Tavares and Mr. Correia de Oliveira for contributing to document the horological heritage of mankind.