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Cinco: Nixon Collaborators

Matt Capozzi of Cinco The Unit by Cinco for Nixon The RPM by Cinco for Nixon by Adnan Arif Editor There are a lot of new fashion watch brands launched every year but there are very few that truly breakout. Even rarer is a long term collaboraton between a breakout brand and a design firm that has gone from strength to strength each year. Such is the relationship between Nixon and Cinco. Established in 1997, Nixon was an attempt to reboot the wristwatch accessory market in the action sport genre. Watches previously sold in skate and surf shops didn’t serve…

The Hamilton Electric

Collector’s Weekly did an interview with Vintage Wristwatch Collector and Author Jeff Hess which includes an interesting anecdote about how he hunted down the designer of the Hamilton Electric movement: One guy led to another who led to another, and finally one guy said, “Oh, yes, those were designed by old Richard Arbib.” And the name came forward – Richard Arbib. I asked if he was still living, and they said, “Oh, I’m sure he’s long gone,” but not wanting to give up, I got back on the telephone. I started in Pennsylvania where Hamilton was, calling all around the…

Interview: A Word with Rado

Matthias Breschan, President of Rado The new White Ceramica By Adnan Arif Editor All objects are designed, more or less. But what makes a brand a design brand is the thought behind the objects it creates and the stories it tells about it. Rado has always leaned towards high tech materials i.e. ceramics and despite its interest in materials, the brand has always appeared to be more in the business of preserving its product DNA than continuing on the direction it had set for itself. That is, until now. Their recent collaboration with designer Jasper Morrison, the introduction of the…

Interview: Max Busser Creates for Pleasure

Max Busser of MB&F The HM1 Adnan Arif Editor You do not have to be a fan of horology to take an interest in Maximilian Busser because he embodies our secret desire to follow our dreams or at the very least, for creative freedom. Max is to the watch industry, what avant garde film-makers are to the business machine of Hollywood. He is the partner and the creative face of MB&F, a creative label for luxury timepieces that concentrates on building mechanical concoctions that are meant to demand attention. We recently spoke to him briefly about his brand and creative…

Interview: The Reluctant Watchmaker

The Prologue Adnan Arif Editor in Chief Looks can be deceiving and that is certainly the case with the Marc Jenni Prologue wristwatch (pictured above). The deception is revealed when one tries to switch between it’s three functions – wind, date and time. In order to switch between them, there is a large selector button. All you do is press it to to the desired function and then rotate the black wheel that wraps around the case to set it and then you realize that what you are holding is fresh and new or at the very least something you…

Angular Momentum: The One Man Creative Army

Time Xplosion COLOR-TEC “Flying Horses”. The case was made from hand forged multi-color mosaic steel Martin Pauli, the Man behind Angular Momentum Very few people know much about Angular Momentum, the swiss watchmaking company that specializes in artisan wristwatches and what they don’t know would surprise them because AM is a one man creative team. Sure, there are a number of watchmakers that run their own brands but they peg their personalities on their watch brand and usually don’t have the scale of work that Martin Pauli has done. I recently spoke to Martin about his company and this is…

Retail Love: Chez Maman

We’ve seen a number of online stores dedicated to vintage fashion wristwatches, but none of them offline and certainly none of them with a ‘Wimps stay out’ sticker running across it’s front windows, that is, until I spotted a small french wristwatch chain that not only housed a few vintage favorites but had its own eccentric look and feel. The store’s called Chez Maman which is french for ‘In/to Mama’. I’m not going to pretend that I get the slang in the name but it’s definitely not a traditional cookie cutter watch store. So I chatted up Eva, the owner…

Designer Spotlight: Eric Giroud

Eric Giroud The Harry Winston Glissiere Tourbillon Automatic The Harry Winston Opus 9 wristwatch The MB&F HM1 My friend Tom, who runs The Watch Lounge, recently interviewed Eric Giroud, the designer behind the Opus 9, the HM No.1 and the Glissiere Tourbillon. In the interview, Eric talks about his inspirations behind his work, his creative struggles and dishes out advice for up and coming designer. You can read the interview here. related links The Watch Lounge: Tom interviews Eric Giroud

Interview: Jason Ice

Jason Ice The Braun – DZ7080 by Adnan Arif I’ve always had an affinity for Diesel watches so I could not believe my good luck that I was able to put a face to some of my favorite designs when I recently came across Jason Ice. Jason nests at Fossil and designs for the Diesel license. He was kind enough to talk to me about his work: Wrist: Part of Diesel’s appeal is that their designs are fresh in an industry where most brands are watered down licenses that play it safe. Most of the more interesting work done in…

Interview: Nicolas Lehotzky

Nicolas Lehotzky The Cat Watch by Adnan Arif Nicolas Lehotzky may not be part of the wristwatch industry and he may be a recent graduate but he has already personified his vision for the industry in an amalgam of interesting prototypes. I recently talked to him about them: Wrist: I really liked your work and I’m sure you’ve had a similar reaction from others. How did you come around to developing the concepts? Do you have an affinity for watches? Nicolas: As I grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, I was constantly exposed to images of watches, either through advertisements, magazines…

Mr.Swatch Interview with Time TV

Time Tv has a video interview with Nicholas Hayek aka Mr. Swatch which includes a candid excerpt about the circumstances under which he saved the Swiss watchmaking industry from caving in: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. related links Time Tv

Interview: Victor of Wize & Ope

Victor Louzon of Wize & Ope Wize & Ope is a new kid on the block – A fashion wristwatch brand that bases its entire concept on customization. You can take a W&O watch and change the design by sliding out design slides and straps and remix it anyway you like. I recently got a chance to take to the creative and one of the partners behind the brand, Victor Louzon: Wrist: How did you guys stumble into this? Victor: It all started when we created the character Wize who is a kid traveling around the world and discovering trends,…