A man and his watch
A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them by Matt Hranek
—T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Paul Newman wore his Rolex Daytona every single day for 35 years until his death in 2008. The iconic timepiece, probably the single most sought-after watch in the world, is now in the possession of his daughter Clea, who wears it every day in his memory. Franklin Roosevelt wore an elegant gold Tiffany watch, gifted to him by a friend on his birthday, to the famous Yalta Conference where he shook the hands of Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. JFK’s Omega worn to his presidential inauguration, Ralph Lauren’s watch purchased from Andy Warhol’s personal collection, Sir Edmund Hillary’s Rolex worn during the first-ever summit of Mt. Everest . . . these and many more compose the stories of the world’s most coveted watches captured in A Man and His Watch. Matthew Hranek, a watch collector and NYC men’s style fixture, has traveled the world conducting firsthand interviews and diving into exclusive collections to gather the never-before-told stories of 76 watches, completed with stunning original photography of every single piece. Through these intimate accounts and Hranek’s storytelling, the watches become more than just timepieces and status symbols; they represent historical moments, pioneering achievements, heirlooms, family mementos, gifts of affection, and lifelong friendships.
A Man And His Watch
New Watches. From The Journal. Watch Finder. Speaking with people from diverse careers and with different horological interests, the author introduces us to an artist who's been wearing the same digital watch for 20 years, a race car driver with a small collection of trophy watches from his storied career, and a chef whose prized timepiece was a special anniversary gift. What ties all of these men together is that the watch they put on their wrist each day carries immense personal significance and is a small totem of who they are, where they have been, and where they hope to go.
Until I could carve out a proper window of time to cozy up on my couch with a cup of tea and give the book a read, A Man and His Watch became a now-permanent fixture on my coffee table. I admired it every day. This book was not just meant to be read, it was meant to be displayed. If you judge a book by its cover, this one does not disappoint. These are first-hand accounts of watches that have seen so much of the world. One survived the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
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January 23, by Paul Underwood. The book also includes touching if lesser-known stories like those of the Nate Berkus, the interior designer whose Patek Philippe Nautilus was originally a gift from his partner, the photographer Fernando Bengoechea, who died in the tsunami. His own love of watches began early on, a passion he inherited from his father. Congrats on the book. I was always watch-obsessed. I always loved them because my dad loved them.
View Full Size Image. The volume is filled with heartfelt stories. The iconic timepiece, probably the single most sought-after watch in the world, is now in the possession of his daughter Clea, who wears it every day in his memory. Franklin Roosevelt wore an elegant gold Tiffany watch, gifted to him by a friend on his birthday, to the famous Yalta Conference where he shook the hands of Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. Meet the Author. Matt Hranek More about the author. Contains dozens of beautifully photographed watches.
For the indoctrinated watch WIS, however, a number of other stories could prove to be a tad more interesting as they provide personal histories and backgrounds to well-known figures in the watch world, semi-famous New Yorkers, and famous vintage watches. RedBar co-founder Craniotes — who has a stellar collection of interesting watches — chose to show his Casio F-7 in this book because it was bought for him by his grandfather when he was eight years old. And while he chose the model himself, the fact that it landed on his pre-pubescent wrist did come as a surprise. It still puts a smile on his face. Bamford, who has made quite a name for himself through after-market modifications of standard Rolex models, often turning them into something completely different than these watches began as, explains by way of a certain yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master how his business started in with, of all things, a Popeye figure on the dial. The vintage 45 mm watch pictured in the book is usually on display in the Time and Navigation collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.