Whereas Aaron Sigmond is a relatively rare contributor to aBlogtoWatch (three pieces and counting!), he has, however, written about luxurious for the previous twenty-plus years, three of which have been on the helm of Mechanics of Fashion by Girard-Perregaux the place he was Editor-in-Chief.
Alongside the best way, he additionally coauthored the weighty tome New Face of Custom: The Younger Watch Masters Girard-Perregaux, and penned Mechanics of Goals, a slim quantity that includes a written and photographic essay juxtaposing the mechanisms of filmmaking and watchmaking behind the scenes, using classic Hollywood photographs and stills alongside vintage and modern watchworks snapshots — a feast for each cinephiles and horology aficionados alike. Nevertheless, as a result of he actually likes watches (and automobiles, and racing) he has additionally written the forthcoming DRIVE TIME: Watches Impressed by Cars, Bikes and Racing.
The impetus of DRIVE TIME was as an anthology of Sigmond’s 9-years of critiques and options on motorcar-, motorbike-, and motorsport-impressed watches (and people who acquire them) for AUTOWEEK, the place he serves because the Sr. Contributing Way of life Editor. Now after greater than 20 years in media, one would assume Sigmond wouldn’t be as naïve as in reality he was about what DRIVE TIME may develop into.
On this observe Sigmond stated, “Early on, I surmised that the watch writeups I’d finished for the journal have been far too brief on their very own for a full e-book, which might additionally want some weighty opening chapters to determine the theme. My journal background, in the meantime, instilled in me a want for a lavish photograph essay (there are the truth is two within the completed ebook) and a few chapters and sections written by outdoors contributors.”
To that finish, former Tonight Present host Jay Leno agreed to write down the foreword to DRIVE TIME. Individuals principally consider Leno as a automotive and motorbike collector, however his passions run to mechanical units of all types; his watch assortment numbers greater than one hundred.
And there’s a Hollywood automotive tradition and elegance chapter within the ebook as properly; nice automobiles and nice watches have graced the movies of Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and lots of different stars. For this, Sigmond turned to a longtime pal Elvis Mitchell — former New York Occasions film critic; host of The Remedy, KCRW public radio’s nationally syndicated pop-tradition present; and fellow watch lover.
Rounding out the DRIVE TIME contributors was aBlogtoWatch’s personal, Ariel Adams, who wrote the chapter on the historical past of the Rolex Daytona. Sigmond had written the foreword to Ariel’s 2014 compendium, The World’s Most Expensive Watches (on Amazon here), so Adams was glad to return the favor.
This slightly lavish quantity is a captivating exploration of the interaction between two sorts of superbly made machines — automobiles and watches. The e-book gives an in depth take a look at the event and historical past of timepieces influenced by automotive design, made in direct partnership with automotive companies or traditionally essential presences on the planet of motorsports.
Along with detailed historic chapters on associated subjects and choose manufacturers, DRIVE TIME presents up a complete and thoughtfully curated overview of greater than ninety auto-impressed watches from the mid-twentieth century — the Rolex Daytona, Heuer Carrera and Monaco — by means of present timepieces such because the Chopard Mille Miglia, Breitling by Bentley, Porsche Design, Hublot Ferrari, Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin, and IWC Mercedes-Benz AMG collections. Informative, insightful, and entertaining, DRIVE TIME is a welcome addition to any watch fanatic’s library.