THE GENTLER X ASSOULINE
Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee
Over a short ten-year time-span, Hodinkee has positioned itself as the preeminent and most distinguished destination for modern and vintage wristwatch enthusiasts. Exiting a career in finance, Ben Clymer decided to fuse his horological and writing passions in order to start a blog discussing everything from new products to vintage wristwatch auctions. Titling his endeavor after the Czech word hodinky, which means ‘little watch,’ Clymer sought to create a platform that was casual and accessible to all levels of enthusiasts—within a few years The New York Times dubbed him the “High Priest of Horology.”
What started as a humble blog quickly transformed into a full-fledged magazine and e-comm hub for some of the world’s leading watch brands. Celebrating the decade milestone since Hodinkee’s founding, this book captures the storied expertise of the world’s leading experts on time. With chapters breaking down chronographs, dive watches, high design, and horological icons, this book is a connoisseur’s compendium for the timepiece veterans and novices alike.
"I've always said most guys are watch guys. They just haven't really found the right piece yet"
- Ben Clymer, The New York Times
Founded by Prosper and Martine Assouline in Paris in 1994, Assouline is the first luxury brand on culture. The brand’s story began with the desire to create a new, contemporary style of book, using the couple's experienced eye for visually rich stories and compelling narratives.
Guided by their passion for knowledge, culture and travel, the Assoulines have since expanded their vision to fifteen hundred titles in five main collections and have curated some of the world’s most aspirational private libraries. Throughout the last quarter of a century, the brand has established a family of international boutiques in prominent places across the globe, with each location contributing to their vast collection of titles, as well as their personal curations of rare books and objects—creating the perfect cabinets de curiosités.
With a distinguished team of creative talents and exceptional producers—which include the founders' son Alexandre—the brand continues to reinvent the notion of true luxury. Assouline’s roster of collaborators include some of the world’s most respected artists, photographers, writers, designers and more, who together, help tell a story.
W 24.8 x L 33.1 x D 3 cm
300 pages - 150 illustrations
Released in December 2019