A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 October 2017
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“Awesome. . . . Contains dozens of beautifully photographed watches. The real joy, though, is found in the stories that unfold about each one.”
“A grand testimony to the idea that, rather than just telling the time, a watch can serve as a marker of a particular moment or memory. . . . Sumptuously photographed.”
“The perfect holiday gift . . . this elegant book is a celebration of the longstanding love affair between a man and the clock on his wrist.”
“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. This may be the first book to unlock not only why wristwatches remain the subject of such attention today, a generation after their purpose was lost to PCs and smartphones, but also why we began to cherish them so much in the first place.”
—Benjamin Clymer, founder and executive editor of Hodinkee
“Great watches not only tell time—they also tell stories. Matt Hranek has assembled a wonderful collection of stories and images representing a diverse and fascinating group of horological devotees.”
—Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
“A wonderful meditation not just on watches, but on how men use them to better understand their fathers, their families, and ultimately their own place in the world.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
“This book, naturally, is about remarkable watches. But it’s really about why objects have meaning—who made them and why. Together it’s a collective history about what we inherit, what we pass on, and the stories we tell that become more important over time.”
—David Coggins, author of Men and Style
“A mechanical watch consumes no power and possesses no energy except that which you bestow upon it by winding it or simply moving. And in return it becomes your most trusted companion, allowing you to navigate the glorious pathway that is life with unfailing precision. With A Man and His Watch, Matt Hranek brings to life the ineffable bond we make with the amazing machine with a heartbeat that lives on our wrist. And I can’t think of a better person to chronicle this.”
—Wei Koh, founder of The Rake
About the Author
For many men, watches seem to have a deeper meaning than just keeping time
John F. Kennedy
Omega Ultra Thin Reference OT3980.
Rolex Daytona Reference 6263.
Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch.
Tiffany & Co. Gold Rolex Submariner Reference 1680/8.
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The book is a long series of vignettes from a number of people about one watch each. Most of the very brief stories are simply that "My dad gave me this and that's why I like it." or "Someone famous gave me this or once owned it." Aside from a couple of the chapters, each one being only one or two pages, they weren't even by people who had a passion for watches. In one instance, the owner of a watch goes on about the Buddhist philosophy about not having attachments to things and he only keeps it because his dad gave it to him, blah, blah, blah.
If you're a watch collector and you have a passion for watches, are attracted to the engineering of machines or enjoy vintage watches of another era, you'll not get much from this. Save your money.
Reviewed in the United States on 23 May 2018
Hranek's preface includes the watch (A Rolex Perpetual Datejust) that he inherited from his father, and the famous Rolex Daytona worn by Paul Newman, a watch given to him by his wife, Joanne Woodward, on which she inscribed, 'Drive Slowly'. The photos of the watches are bright, sharp, clear, and large.
The man who photographed them was Stephen Lewis, who adds the watches that he had admired - including an amazing early Hewlett-Packard Calculator watch. The two watches Hranek fished out from the Tag Heuer archives are stunning and seemingly ageless.
This is a book for the watch collector - and every collector can add his personal stories to it.