Pared down precision: MH01 Watch by Matthew Hilton

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British furniture designer Matthew Hilton put on a new face with his first ever watch design, MH01, launched at the London Design Festival in 2013. His self-taught skills combined with his knowledge of modern manufacturing result in “desirable, rigorous, and beautiful products; incredibly efficient and “exquisitely made,” his innovative timepiece seamlessly combines a 316 marine grade stainless steel case, watch face, and a battery powered Swiss quartz movement into a single component. A full grain vegetable tanned leather strap – complete with a stainless steel buckle – passes directly through the elegant form. Available in black, brown, or tan, the acid-resistant strap provides a delightfully organic contrast to the watch’s metallic surface. Hilton reduces the archetype even further on its face, which no longer contains numerals; custom-made Swiss hands land on subtly engraved tick marks that indicate the time. Through a precise approach and classic aesthetic, the designer has created a piece that will surely stand the test of time – both through routine wear and tear and amidst evolving styles.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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