Antiques & Collectibles

Air Time: Watches Inspired by Aviation, Aeronautics, and Pilots

The first comprehensive reference for watch connoisseurs to explore a century of stylish timepieces inspired by and built for aviation, aeronautics and space exploration, and piloting.

Air Time takes a keen look at more than ninety iconic timepieces that embody the spirit of flight, worn and made famous by the men and women who pioneered it, from daring balloonists and wartime jet pilots to jet-setters and astronauts.
In a thoroughgoing look at nearly a century ofaviation-inspired timepieces--from 1904 to the present day-- WatchTime's Mark Bernardo interweaves history, technical insight, and the distinctive style of pilot watches into a first-of-its-kind comprehensive monograph.
Chapters showcase historical milestones such as Cartier's development of the first men's wristwatch for Alberto Santos-Dumont; Charles Lindbergh's invention of the Longines Hour Angle; and the Omega Speedmaster, the first watch to land on the moon. Also featured are iconic timepieces, including the Breitling Navitimer, IWC Big Pilot's Watch, Breguet Type XX, and Rolex GMT-Master, up through current category timepieces such as in the collections of Bell & Ross, Longines, Bremont, Patek Philippe, Hamilton, and Zenith. Informative and compelling, this fascinating guide is the perfect gift for connoisseurs of timepieces, aviation, and globetrotting travel.

About The Author

Mark Bernardo is the Senior Editor of WatchTime, and the coauthor of Sea Time: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting, and Diving (Rizzoli, 2018).

Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four spaceflights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions.

Aaron Sigmond is an award-winning publisher, editor, and author.

  • Publish Date: May 04, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles - Clocks & Watches
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 12-1/2
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $115.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6966-4

Author Bookshelf: Aaron Sigmond

Author Bookshelf: Mark Bernardo