ON 6 JUNE 1944 IT WAS LOST IN NORMANDY. IT IS STILL THERE. WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO BRING IT BACK HOME
6 June 1944, 0:02: Roger Englin is aboard an aircraft headed for Normandy. He is seventeen years old and has a mission to accomplish.
31 May 2014, 15:12: Cédric Roussel is coming back home from the high school where he teaches history. He does not know it yet, but he has a mission to accomplish.
6 June 2014, 0:02: Gilbert Roussel turned eight years old two minutes ago. He will think about his party later on. Now, he has an appointment. And a mission to accomplish.
A paratrooper receiving his baptism of fire. A father who has never gotten over his greatest heartache. A young boy fighting his fear. Three people separated by space and time, yet thay have something in common: a wristwatch, lost on D-Day and rediscovered seventy years later in an auction house catalogue.
It is Cédric who spots it on the internet, finding out that he more than anyone has a good reason to bid for it. Can it really be mere coincidence? The answer is a date with destiny that will challenge what he thought he knew about his own past.
Wingwatch is a tale of courage, a bridge between the heroes of yesterday and those of tomorrow, a voyage through time in the company of that most classic of time machines: a watch, whose rusted hands and faded dial measure more than just the limited span of a minute, an hour or a human life.
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About the Author
Marco Strazzi è nato a Bologna nel 1958 e attualmente risiede a Lugano (Svizzera). Dopo vent'anni nel giornalismo sportivo, con reportage sui maggiori eventi internazionali di calcio e tennis, si è occupato di comunicazione legata all'industria orologiera, settore in cui opera tuttora. È autore di una storia enciclopedica dell'orologio da polso (Lancette & C., 2005) e di una monografia sulla marca Rolex (Rolex dalla A alla Z, 2007). Nel 2012 ha pubblicato la sua prima opera narrativa, il romanzo L'Orologio Con Le Ali, parzialmente ispirato a un episodio vero del D-Day (Seconda Guerra Mondiale).
Marco Strazzi (1958-) was born in Bologna (Italy) and is currently living in Lugano (Switzerland). After twenty years as a sports journalist, featuring the coverage of major football and tennis events, he became involved in watchmaking related communication. He is the author of an encyclopedic history of the wristwatch (Lancette & C., 2005) and of a monography on the Rolex brand (Rolex dalla A alla Z, 2007). In 2012 he published his first fiction : the novel L'Orologio Con Le Ali, partly inspired by a true D-Day (WWII) story, also available in English (Wingwatch, 2013) and in French (La montre ailée, 2014).