Founded in 1970, Italian brand Nava specialised in the production of high-end stationary before branching out to cover products ranging from luggage to watches.
Over four decades, Nava has built a reputation for working with the most exciting international designers – names such as Massimo Vignelli, Enzo Mari, Naoto Fukasawa and Max Huber all feature in the brand’s back catalogue. This collaborative tradition is more than evident in Nava’s current range of timepieces. The brand has commissioned watches from some of today’s most celebrated designers and studios, including the likes of Benjamin Hubert, Industrial Facility and Denis Guidone.
Hubert, designer of Nava’s Plicate watch, set up his London studio in 2009 with the intention to ignore trends in favour of focusing on "materiality, sustainability and a process of visual reduction." Hubert has produced everything from lighting and furniture to accessories, working with international brands such as Moroso, Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau and De La Espada. He has also won a raft of awards, including the Red Dot, EDIDA and the A&W Mentorpreis.
Nava’s Ora Lattea and Ora Unica are the invention of Milan native Denis Guidone. The Italian creative works across the product design, architecture and communications disciplines, and has created furniture, stationary and accessories for brands including D3CO and Projects. Guidone describes his watch designs as "provocative and paradoxical essays in object-making".
Nava’s Bottle Watch was designed by British studio Industrial Facility. Founded by Kim Colin and Sam Hecht in 2002, Industrial Facility has become one of the most influential design studios of the last decade, with their work now residing in the collections of institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Helsinki Design Museum and the Art Institute, Chicago. Their products span the worlds of electronics, furniture, kitchenware and stationary for the likes of Muji, Herman Miller and Epson. Speaking of his collaboration with the Italian brand, Sam Hecht explains: “Nava are clearly not Rolex and they do not want to be, so it is pointless to express precision or craft but instead we made it a design experiment that people can share in.”