From Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans with his now-famous TAG Heuer Monaco to James Bond’s tricky Rolexes, wristwatches are iconic fashion statements for both men and women. Here are movie and rock stars, super models, VIPs, and politicians and the watches they wear. Jackie Kennedy, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Claudia Schiffer, JFK, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and many more are all here, sporting their trendy watches from Cartier, Bulgari, Hamilton, and other makers.
From auto racing to yachting, tennis, equestrian events, mountain climbing, and world exploration—wristwatches are there. And in movies and fashion shows, and on the world’s political stages, watches help make the man or woman.
How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution? Clocks and Culture is a brief history of the changes wrought by and on Europe over four hundred years due to technological advances in timekeeping and the rise of a time-aware culture. In his introduction, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, puts this classic book in perspective.