(CNN)Mechanical watches and automobiles have a lot in common.
It goes back centuries, after all. I have a chain-drive pocket watch from the 1700s. One day I dropped it, and the tiny chain broke. To find someone nowadays who can fix that chain and make a new link . . . it’s crazy how hard that is. To think that the watch was made without computers or any of the sophisticated instruments we have now, it’s incredible.
I could (like a mechanical watch) go on and on. I love them, the same way I love any fine mechanical device.
This is an edited excerpt from a new book called “Drive Time: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles and Racing” published by Rizzoli.