What you wear on your wrist can be more than merely functional. Eschewing the common categories of the “classics,” the ostentatiously high-priced, and the “blingy,” this book brings together individualist pieces that few have seen and even fewer own.
Retro Watches is a collector’s guide for those who want to make a statement with the watch they wear, but who are looking for something a little different. It collects the most intriguing, visually striking, and out-there watch designs from little-known but influential watch brands, along with overlooked but brilliant pieces from the major players. Over one hundred watch models are featured, specially photographed for the book and accompanied by accessible, informative texts discussing the watch’s design, history, and intriguing features, as well as info panels detailing rarity, value, and other key attributes. Additional breakout spreads dive into the cultural and fashion history of watch design and the many innovations of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
Beautifully presented, Retro Watches is the volume for the watch wearer who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Josh Sims is a design writer based in London. He is the editor of social trends journal Viewpoint and author of several books on menswear, including Icons of Men’s Style.
Mitch Greenblatt is the co-owner and founder of Xeric Watches, Horolovox, and watches.com.