Just two years after the first volume, today we're talking about “Time to Race Part. II. Watches and speed. Other new stories of men and machines”, the new book by watch collector John Goldberger and car specialist Cesare Maria Mannucci due out in December.
If with "Time To Race” we thought we had read the definitive work on the world of competitions and that of watchmaking, given the completeness and richness of the contents, and which has become a must for enthusiasts of the theme, with “Time to Race Part. II” the two authors thought that the journey through the common history of motor racing, the drivers and the watches associated with them should be completed.
John Goldberger e Cesare Maria Mannucci this time they wanted to broaden the horizon as much as possible: from the gold pocket repeater of the early 900s to the lightest tourbillon wristwatch in the world created by Richard Mille, always in the wake of motorsport.
This new volume is also enriched with a special chapter linked to the Actors and the watches they wore in the films dedicated to the world of racing, digging up productions ranging from the 30s to the 70s.
Among the protagonists of this journey through time, we find characters such as the legendary Engineer Forghieri and his Heuer Carrera, or Jean Todt with its immense and truly unique collection of watches, passing through the Paris-Alger-Dakar and to the trophy watch most closely linked to the reference competition, i.e. the Cartier Cheich.
For Goldberger and Mannucci, writing "Time To Race Part II" meant continuing the adventure begun with the first volume, and continuing the immense research work to reconstruct every single story, behind every single watch, as well as locating and photographing many of the clocks that appear in the book. A difficult job that has often led them to come across fake watches not so much for their originality, but for the history attributed to them and justified by improbable engravings created ad hoc.
However, this journey has led them to the discovery of real treasures, such as the Rolex chronograph that won the pilot Lorenzo Bandini for winning the 1967 24 Hours of Dayton in his Ferrari P4. Or the Rolex Oyster that Cesare Fiorio gave to Marie-Claude Beaumont for its presentation at Liège-Sofia-Liège aboard the Lancia Flavia.
The Preface of “Time to Race Part II” was written by none other than Mario Andretti e Richard Mille, two prestigious personalities who share the love and great passion for competitions and watches with the authors. “Time to Race Part. II” is divided into 4 chapters dedicated to Riders (96), ai Actors (19), ai Circuits (9) and to watch manufacturers (11).
Over 90 racing icons have been carefully selected and their personal watches are detailed in the 546 pages of “Time To Race II“, which will be sold at a price of 195 Eurosstarting next December. I would say the perfect gift for Christmas!
“Time to Race Part II” will be available for purchase at the Damiani Publisher, Hodinkee e WatchPrint