BOOK REVIEW By Belinda Morris
A MAN AND HIS WATCH
Iconic watches and stories from the men who wore them
By Matt Hranek
They may be status symbols and, arguably, the main accessory that men can flaunt to reveal their taste and style, but watches, some watches at least can do more… they can tell a story. And in this great gift of a book, that any watch lover would covet, the author Matt Hranek (photographer, director and men’s style editor at Condé Nast Traveller) presents over 75 special timepieces, that all have fascinating stories to tell.
There’s Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona, given to him by his wife when he started driving race cars – on the back it’s inscribed: ‘Drive slowly – Joanne’. There’s the story of the Cartier watch gifted by Fred Astaire to his racehorse trainer and an Omega Speedmaster that went to the moon.
To write the book, author Matt Hranek was granted access to the archives of the collections of the most exclusive brands: TAG Heuer, Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Hermes and Zenith and interviewed, first-hand, some of the owners, such as Ralph Lauren (Cartier Tank) and Sylvester Stallone (Tiffany & Co gold Rolex Submariner – his ‘pride and joy’ since 1976).
No unnecessary photos of the men in question (from the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Rolex Oyster Perpetual) to John F Kennedy’s Innauguration Omega), just gloriously sharp and detailed images of the watches themselves.
Precious memories of fathers, grandfathers, explorers, collectors and personal achievements.
(£28, Artisan Publishing)