Watches are these sort of special things to some men. I can understand this, perhaps not on the same level, but understand it none-the-less. To say that I’m a watch snob would be a stretch, a small one but still a stretch. I’m definitely attracted to watches, know my brands and along with some of their history and most iconic pieces. But when you get to the inner workings, the different movements and complications, and certain other aspects of watch-making you might often-times lose me a bit. Fear not, “A Man & His Watch” is not a complicated book about watch complications. Rather, it’s the stories behind certain pieces and the men who owned them. And this is fascinating because we came across a few names which we didn’t expect. Nas, the rapper, being one of them. I’ve never been one to attach a story to a watch purchase, most of the times I purchased them because I liked them, but I’ve had the same experience with other objects in life. So it’s not hard to understand the connection that some of the men written about in the book had with their respective timepiece. Among such stories you’ll find people such as Benjamin Clymer, Founder of Hodinkee, Sylvestor Stallone, Kikuo Ibe, Creator of the Casio G-Shock, and President John F. Kennedy and his inaugural Omega. Unsurprisingly yet all the more special, many of the stories including the passing down of a watch as a family heirloom.
“This is one of the few things that connects me to the “good old days” – Sylvestor Stallone talking about his Tiffany & Co. all-gold Rolex Submariner
The book was executed supremely well, every story is accompanied by spectacular photography of the watch in question and is filled with stories we can all relate to in some way or another, even if you’re not a watch snob. The packaging is great, it feels like that which you would expect from a collector’s edition book. It’s a hard-cover title housed in a sleeve with foil print. Overall, from beginning to end, an excellent read. Photos via Zeros Media.