A Man & His Watch – Matt Hranek
Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them
Matt Hranek is an inveterate watch enthusiast with a passion for fine design. He is a photographer, director and men’s style editor at Condé Nast Traveller. As Matt writes: “Watches tell the world a bit about who you are, and they can, if you’re lucky, connect you to the people in your life that matter most.”
The book opens with the author’s own Rolex Datejust that belonged to his father, and which sets the scene for the book by poignantly explaining its importance to him. Matt remembers his father buying the watch to celebrate the success of the first year of his own business, the watch was left to him when his father died suddenly when Matt was just 18 years old. A wide range of watches are beautifully illustrated throughout the book and are accompanied by the owners’ stories – there is Ralph Lauren on his Cartier Tank Cintrée (…seriously one of the most beautiful watch designs of all time), Mario Andretti on his gold Heuer Carrera, Tom Sachs’ customised Casio G-Shock and Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer’s Omega Speedmaster Mark 40. There are also watches taken from manufacturers’ archives including: John F. Kennedy’s inauguration Omega; Elvis Presley’s Corum watch, Steve McQueens’ Heuer Monaco from the film Le Mans; Andy Warhol’s Patek Philippe and the adventurer Francis Chicester’s Rolex Oyster.
And then there’s the book’s cover watch: Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona. No not Paul Newman’s ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona which recently sold at Phillips New York for $17.8 million – the much less well-known Daytona which Paul Newman was given by his wife Joanne Newman to replace his first Daytona which Newman had given to their oldest daughter Nell’s boyfriend in 1984. Needless to say this is the sort of watch to make any watch enthusiast have an attack of the vapours. I had the great pleasure to meet the wonderfully affable Matt Hranek over coffee at Sotheby’s New York in the summer of 2016, this was just after Matt had held the Newman Daytona in his hands and it’s safe to say he was still buzzing from the experience.
You can follow Matt’s instagram feed here: wmbrownproject for all manner of stylish cars, watches, fashion, red meat and a lot of negronis.
Hard back in card outer slip case
Measurements: 28.5mm x 18.5mm (including slip case)
216 pages – colour illustrations throughout
Photographs by Stephen Lewis
Published by Artisan in 2017