My fascination with watches is not so distant from my intrigue with design. I am captivated by the complexity of the movement of timepieces, which dovetails with my design propensities for what I call “morphic” furniture, pieces that have multiple uses. Not unlike the interiors I design, I gravitate toward watches that are classic black and white in hue and that will never date — in essence, remain timeless.
Watches are a default to my otherwise indifference to fashion. I have two ways of dressing: baseball cap, ripped jeans, and everything “Gap” in between, though I do have an impressive shoe collection; on the other end of the spectrum are custom tailored suits and black-tie garb, along with shirts I design for myself. Hence the extreme diversity of my watch collection. The big chronographs are day-wear and the slender vintage watches are more formal.
I have favorites, but even that changes. The Tudor Rolex Panda with white and black sub dials is a favorite right now. But the one I wear most often is the rubber-square Cartier Santos. The black Cartier Calibre is transitional day evening. The first watch I bought was an octagonal stainless-steel Santos with gold bezel and screws, but I gave that to a friend, once my taste for black and white ones with Roman numerals evolved.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRETT WOOD
WRITTEN BY DARRYL CARTER
This story appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of MILIEU.
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