The 2021 edition of The Big Watch Book is out now.
Put together by the team behind Esquire, The Big Watch Book is our once-a-year special publication dedicated to the world of men’s watches and watchmaking.
Our seventh edition comes in seven colourful covers featuring seven of the year’s finest watches.
Printed on outsize luxury paper and drawing on the best writers and photographers in the business, The Big Watch Book is designed to be enjoyed by aficionados and those new to the subject alike, sitting somewhere between a book and a magazine – like its name, right?
Inside this year’s bumper edition there are long reads on Omega’s little-known experiments in ‘pure design’ in the 1960s and 1970s (the ‘TV dial’ Speedmaster; the ‘most disco watch ever made’); how Tag Heuer’s Carrera and Porsche’s Carrera finally got it together after a 50-year courtship; a rare visit at the estate of Gérald Genta, the designer responsible for a run of successes that earned him the nickname ‘the Picasso of watches’.
There's a profile of the company so chuffed to be making the world’s first recycled watch they’re actually calling it ‘Garbage Watch’; an interview with the President and CEO of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – an unimprovable job title if ever there was one (she looks after The Doomsday Clock – cool); we go up the Tower at Big Ben and ask: just what does it take to repair the world’s most famous clock?
Elsewhere Simon Garfield meets Roger W Smith, the world’s greatest living independent watchmaker, and a man on a mission to improve the keeping of time, no less.
Mostly, though, there are watches. Lots and lots of watches.
We’ve photographed 180 of the best of 2021 for our 30-page Directory section in the middle, and that’s as good a place to start as any.
We think you’ll like it.
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