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“We developed a new way of telling time by a happy accident”

London fashion studio Eley Kishimoto has collaborated with American lifestyle brand Fossil to launch the Retro Timer watch, which uses “a new way of telling time”.

Now available to pre-order at Dezeen Watch Store, Retro Timer is a nostalgic timepiece with a large red hand to mark the hours, while the traditional minute hand has been replaced by a rotating aluminium disc.

To realise Eley Kishimoto’s design, Fossil had to develop a new kind of watch movement to make the disc rotate.

Retro Timer by Eley Kishimoto and Fossil

This image: Retro Timer by Eley Kishimoto and Fossil.

“I got the inspiration from a kitchen timer,” said designer Wakako Kishimoto during a video interview with Dezeen Watch Store. “I was just looking at a simple, time-telling machine that has a different mechanism and function.”

Mark Eley (left) and Wakako Kishimoto (right) in their south London studio

Mark Eley (left) and Wakako Kishimoto (right) in their south London studio

The Brixton-based fashion label was founded by Kishmoto and her husband Mark Eley in 1992, and is best known for its womenswear and graphic print work.

“We started to have a conversation about how we can use the red disc somehow, and then just put a point on the red disc to have it as the minutes,” said Eley. “We developed, by a happy accident, a new way of telling time.”

“It’s obvious that we would do something analogue because that’s our practice. We’re very analogue designers, were very hands on – we’re  kind of craftspeople,” he added.

Three Retro Timers and an iPad case from the Eley Kishimoto and Fossil collection

Three Retro Timers and an iPad case from the Eley Kishimoto and Fossil collection

Made to be worn by both men and women, Retro Timer is available in three colour combinations: white/brown, black/black and turquoise/white. It features a leather strap, rubber indexes, solid plastic dial and 38-by-38-millimetre injection-moulded nylon case.

Kishimoto explained that the turquoise/white model was inspired by Formica mint green plastic found in mid 20th century kitchens. “The white one is a classic that your granny would have in the kitchen,” she said. “And the black one – everybody needs a black one, I think.”

The watch forms part of a 19-piece collaboration between Eley Kishimoto and Fossil that also includes bags, scarves and card holders.

Wakako Kishimoto's drawings of watch concepts that led to the Retro Timer

Wakako Kishimoto’s drawings of watch concepts that led to the Retro Timer

“I think they’ve got an incredibly similar watch to our very original drawing,” said Eley. “They’ve been true to what something from that era would possibly look like.”

See the Retro Timer range on Dezeen Watch Store »