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By Neharika Padala | October 23 2014
This handcrafted pocket watch is the second timepiece in The Great Americans Series—a collection of limited edition watches that pays homage to the titans and icons that not only changed the world, but inspire us daily. This limited, once a year offering allows us to remind ourselves and our community whose shoulders we are standing on, and how hard we need to continue to work to reach their great heights.
“It is gratifying for our family to honor the legacy of our great-grandfather with The Henry Ford signature pocket watch. Many may not know that great grandfather shared a love of timepieces and in fact tinkered with watches in his workshop in his home, Fair Lane,” said Edsel B. Ford II, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Henry Ford Estate/Fair Lane, “I think it is fitting that we will honor him with the launch of this new Shinola timepiece at the very place he lived. He would be pleased both with the craftsmanship of the watch and the work we are doing to carefully restore his beloved home, built nearly 100 years ago.”
The pocket watch retails for $1,000.00 and will be available for purchase through Shinola.com, Shinola stores and in select retailers on October 24, 2014. The pocket watch will be produced in a limited edition of 1,000 and each one will be sold with a leather-bound coffee table book that features rare imagery from the Archive of American Innovation at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich.
“We are honored to have collaborated with Shinola on The Henry Ford Limited Edition Pocket Watch,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “It’s very fitting that Henry Ford is included in The Great Americans Series as he would have identified with the work that Shinola is doing today. It was through his early passion of tinkering with watches that sparked his curiosity in mechanics and led him to become the innovator we know of today.”
Special packaging with each pocket watch includes:
o Custom gift box with a certificate of authenticity
o Limited edition numbered plate
o Black leather pocket watch pouch
o Black leather braid fob
o Stainless steel chain fob
o Black hickory watch box and stand
Purchase of The Henry Ford™ Limited Edition Pocket Watch also includes membership into The Foundry: a private collectors’ club established exclusively for owners of limited edition Shinola products.