The worlds of luxury watchmaking and racing collide in the new photo book Drive Time. Author Aaron Sigmond explores the long-running history of automobile and motorcycle-inspired timepieces, curating images of iconic models mostly from the mid-to-late twentieth century.
Known car connoisseur Jay Leno even mused about the similarities between driving and counting time in a forward to the book:
Mechanical watches and automobiles have a lot in common. For example, a contemporary twin clutch paddle-shift transmission might be faster than a conventional manual gearbox, but I don’t think it’s more satisfying to drive. Then consider this: An electronic watch might keep time to the hundredth of a second, but that’s nowhere near as rewarding as that quiet moment when you wind the crown on a mechanical watch each evening before you go to bed.
Below, see the interplay in five images from the photo book:
Drive Time: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles and Racing is now available through Rizzoli for $85.