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Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Self-taught British designer Tom Dixon founded his titular studio in 2002. Since then, Dixon has turned his hand to everything from lighting and interiors to furniture and industrial design – and now, watches. Dixon made a name for himself in the 1980s making work out of welded metal – a technique he learned in the process of fixing his broken motorbike. By 1992 the Victoria and Albert Museum had purchased his iconic S-Chair for its permanent collection, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York followed suit soon after. The designer worked as head of design at retail legend Habitat and renowned Finnish manufacturer Artek before setting up his own studio. Initially selling furniture and lighting, the brand branched into accessories in 2012, and the Block Watch followed. The pared-back watch features a distinctive square case stamped from a piece of stainless steel or brass and a circular face. "I’m trying to produce something with an expressive neutrality," says Dixon. “I tend to try and work out what I can strip out without losing character." Etched numerals point precisely to the time markers, to make sure the wearer can accurately tell the time: "In all too many contemporary watches you can’t," says Dixon. The watch’s hour, minute and second hands are powered by a high-quality Swiss movement. The face is 40mm by 40mm, and the watch is intended for both men and women.