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SEA TIME: A Watch Book Worth Diving Into

Watch writers Aaron Sigmond and Mark Bernardo have released SEA TIME: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting, and Diving. An exhaustive guide to all things diving watches.

By Josh Shanks
Managing Editor US

May 28 will see the release of SEA TIME, an expansive collection of essays and reference guide for sea-inspired timepieces. SEA TIME is the second in the "TIME" series, 2016 saw the publication of DRIVE TIME: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Racing. I've gotta say, Aaron Sigmond, Mark Bernardo, and Rizzoli have produced another blockbuster watch book! 

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Introducing SEA TIME

This 240-page coffee table book interweaves historical photos and ads with modern photography by photographer Peter Eaton Gurnz. Essays by my fellow peers James Lamdin, Xavier Markl, and Jacob Sotak supplement Sigmond and Bernardo's expertly researched book. Notably, acclaimed adventure novelist Clive Cussler provides the foreword. While an afterword by StockX's Blake Buettner helps to round out this star-studded book.

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Overall, the book reads nicely, the authors have done a nice job of capturing the essence of the sea and aquatic timepieces. The book weaves between ocean narrative and a sort of dive watch reference guide. Contributing authors also provide standalone retrospectives of their favorite brands and dive related stories. At $85 USD, SEA TIME is a worthy addition to any horological library.

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Watchonista's Testimonial

Watchonista was honored that Sigmond and Bernardo asked for a testimonial for SEA TIME. After reading an advanced copy, I immediately sent the gentlemen the following quote, which ended up making it to the back cover!

"Much like the superlative chronometers contained within this book, SEA TIME delivers impeccably precise information. My esteemed peers Aaron Sigmund and Mark Bernardo provide an immersive look at the watches you’ll need for any aquatic excursion. Bravo fellas!"

-Josh Shanks, Managing Editor – Watchonista

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How to purchase

SEA TIME will be released May 28, and available wherever fine books are sold. You can pre-order the book via AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieBound, and Powells.  The book is priced at $85 USD.

(Images re-published with the permission of Rizzoli US and Aaron Sigmond)

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Official Information

SEA TIME: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting, and Diving
By Aaron Sigmond and Mark Bernardo
Foreword by Clive Cussler and essays by James Lamdin, Xavier Markl, and Jacob Sotak, with an Afterword by Blake Buettner; and Principal photography by Peter Eaton Gurnz
Hardcover 10” x 12.5” / 240 pages / 150 color and B&W photographs $85.00 U.S. $115.00 Canadian; £60.00 U.K.

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About the Authors

From the press release

Aaron Sigmond is an award-winning publisher, editor and author (and co-author) of numerous luxury lifestyle books—seven of them on watches. His other books for Rizzoli New York include DRIVE TIME: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Racing published in 2016, and an updated edition in 2018. Mark Bernardo is the senior editor of WatchTime, the leading specialty publication for wristwatch collectors and connoisseurs in the U.S. Clive Cussler is a New York Times best-selling novelist and non-fiction writer whose books are often set in the maritime world. Cussler is also an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) Blake Buettner is an avid watch collector and journalist who serves as the Director of Watches at StockX, the “Stock Market of Things;” and was previously a long-time contributor to HODINKEE. Peter Eaton Gurnz is a sculptor, painter, and fine art photographer who divides his time between Los Angeles, Martha's Vineyard, and St. Barths. James Lamdin is the founder of Analog/Shift, a unique lifestyle brand specializing in vintage wristwatches based in New York City. Xavier Markl is the Business Development Director and Swiss editor of Monochrome Watches. Jacob Sotak is Content Director for Gear Patrol, a print and digital adventure lifestyle publication; prior to that, he was the editor-in-chief of SHIFTed, a print, and digital men’s lifestyle periodical.

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