A Man and His Watch, Iconic Watches and the Stories from the Men Who Wore Them by Matt Hranek
“The watch through Matt Hranek’s lens is much more than a time-telling device; it’s a vehicle through which the men in A Man and His Watch tell their tales of achievement, love, and loss” —Benjamin Clymer, founder and executive editor of Hodinkee
“Covetable gift...Stunning photography accompanies each story”
– The Bookseller
Publication Date: 14 November 2017 ▪ Hardback with slipcase ▪ Price: £28 ▪ Over 100 colour photographs ▪ 216 pages
▪ ISBN: 9781579657147
Great watches not only tell the time – they also tell stories. In A Man & His Watch photographer and style editor, Matt Hranek, presents over 75 one-of-a-kind timepieces – from the well-worn and well-travelled to the collectable and famous.
There’s the Rolex Daytona that Paul Newman’s wife gave to him when he started driving race cars (inscription: “Drive slowly – Joanne”), Francis Chichester’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual worn during his circumnavigation, the Cartier watch Fred Astaire gifted to his racehorse trainer, Steve McQueen’s famed Heuer Monaco and an Omega Speedmaster that went to the moon.
Author Matt Hranek was granted access to the most exclusive collections in the world – the Cartier, Hermès, Omega, Rolex, TAG Heuer and Zenith archives - and conducted first-hand interviews with owners such as Ralph Lauren, Sylvester Stallone and Eric Ripert.
Each one-of-a-kind watch is photographed in stunning detail and accompanied by its history. There’s an archaeologist’s 1914 trench watch with shrapnel guard worn with appreciation, a collector’s joy in finally owning a Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm and the Timex Indiglo Bill Murray took off and gifted to a favourite maître d’ to help him see in the dark.
Matt Hranek weaves together the precious memories and intimate accounts of the men behind the watches – stories of fathers, grandfathers, friendships, explorers, collectors and personal achievements. A Man & His Watch is a fascinating compendium and must-have keepsake for the watch obsessive – all presented in a large quality hardback with slip case.
Additional featured watches include:-
James Bond’s “Buzz Saw” Rolex from Live and Let Die · John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Inauguration Omega · Sylvester Stallone’s Tiffany & Co. Rolex · Elvis Presley’s Corum Buckingham gifted to his longtime valet · Mario Andretti’s 1967 Heuer