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A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 October 2017

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1579657141
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1579657147
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“I’ve paged through stacks of books on the history of watches. . . . But I hadn’t come across a book that actually moved me until I picked up A Man and His Watch. The volume is filled with heartfelt stories.”
—T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“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.”
Jetset magazine

“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

Matt Hranek is the author of The Negroni, A Man & His Watch, and A Man & His Car, as well as a photographer, a director, and the founder/editor of the men’s lifestyle magazine WM Brown. He and his family divide their time between Brooklyn and the Wm Brown farm in upstate New York, though he can also be spotted quite often in old-school bars around Europe, Negroni in hand. Find him on Instagram at @wmbrownproject.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love your watch this book is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love your watch this book is for you
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I must say, this is a most unique book. The description on the back cover sums up what's inside very nicely, "Celebrate the enduring relationship between a man and his watch." Chances are good that if you are even considering this book you are a watch person and likely have one of those difficult to describe relationships with your watch or watches. I have a very small collection that includes a Rolex, a vintage Omega and a few vintage Hamiltons. All get wrist time depending on my mood and circumstances. I love them all and enjoy glancing at them and talking about them if someone asks questions. Inside A Man & His Watch you are introduced to mostly famous people whose names you will recognize along with descriptions of their favorite watches and why they think the watch is special. I am talking about people like Astronaut Wally Schirra who wore an Omega Speedmaster to the Moon, and actors like actors Sylvester Stallone and Paul Newman who also owned and wore neat watches. Interestingly not all of the watches in the book were expensive or even that unique. Its just that the watch was special to the owner for reasons provided. Photos of the many watches are beautiful, as is the format and layout of the book pages. The book binding is also very cool and includes an artfully designed slip in dust jacket. A Man & His Watch is definitely a keeper and I am sure I will read it more than once.
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Hande Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for 'A Woman & Her Watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for The Watch Nut
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