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AARK

AÃRK Collective is a team of four creatives based in Melbourne, Australia. They first launched AÃRK in 2014, working outside of their nine-to-five jobs with the aim of designing contemporary, minimalist timepieces for likeminded individuals.

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Braun

As head of design for Braun, prolific German designer Dieter Rams' functionalist approach to household goods made the brand one of the most influential manufacturers of the 20th century. The designer applied his pared-back approach to everything from hi-fi systems to electric razors and watches. The latter have now been re-appraised by designer Michael Carr and launched under license by British watch manufacturer Zeon.

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Briston

Briston watches are a unique blend of Switzerland’s watchmaking heritage and traditional British collegiate style. Combining tactile, high-quality cellulose acetate bodies with a range of interchangeable NATO straps, Briston offers a range of retro-classic watches for the modern consumer.

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Bulbul

Danish design company Bulbul was established in 2013 by entrepreneur Jacob Juul. The brand takes its name from a songbird sometimes described as rowdy, and with a strong, independent will – reflecting the founder’s intended ethos. The studio’s first collaborator is renowned ad-hoc Danish design studio KiBiSi.

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Chi and Chi

After years working for large corporations, the brothers behind Taiwan-based studio Chi and Chi established their company with the goal to produce designs based on developing a meaningful relationship between the watch and user, rather than pursuing style or function alone.

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Defakto

Based in Pforzheim in Germany, the Ickler family has been manufacturing timepieces since 1924. Raphael Ickler continued this heritage when he founded watch brand Defakto in 2009. He now designs watches with a minimal aesthetic on his own.

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Dezeen

Dezeen is one of the world's most popular and influential architecture and design magazines, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing. Our mission is simple: to bring you a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world. Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly ever since, attracting over 1.75 million unique visitors every month.

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Eley Kishimoto

American brand Fossil launched in 1984 to develop modern products with a sense of humour, inspired by vintage styling – and its goal remains the same today. The brand commissioned renowned London-based design studio Eley Kishimoto to help on this mission and the result is a range of watches inspired by 1950s egg timers and alarm clocks.

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Eone

Inclusive design company Eone was established to produce the Bradley; a revolutionary timepiece for blind users that can be read using touch alone. The Bradley’s innovative magnet and ball-bearing mechanism, coupled with its unusual appearance, have won it numerous design plaudits as well as admiration from both the blind and sighted communities.

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HyperGrand

Singapore-based HyperGrand was established in 2013 under the aegis of creating watches that would stand as classics of their time. HyperGrand’s designs draw directly on today’s art, music and fashion, using interchangeable NATO straps that allow each timepiece to adapt to the wearer’s mood.

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Instrmnt

Instrmnt was founded by design graduates Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham; two watch fanatics who felt there was always something they wanted to change about other watches in the market. The duo launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in 2014, and raised £60,000 more than they asked for.

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Kitmen Keung

Young Hong Kong-based designer Kitmen Keung established his studio in 2014. Keung produces limited-edition pieces that prize finesse, poise and balanced composition. The poetic nature of Keung’s work is contrasted by its direct, minimalist aesthetic and robust build.

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LEFF Amsterdam

Brothers Arno and Dennis Ruijzenaars and Erwin Termaat founded watch brand LEFF Amsterdam in 2011 with the aim to break away from the design of “dull and boring basics”. The company's motto is that “nobody really needs a clock” – a sentiment shared by prolific designer Piet Hein Eek, who teamed up with LEFF to launch his first timepiece.

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Lip

French manufacturer Lip originated in 1867 and has since produced some of the most ambitious timepieces of the modern era. Driven by founder Emmanuel Lipmann’s relentless desire for innovation, the company has been at the forefront of developments in watch design throughout the 20th century, hiring experimental designers such as Roger Tallon to re-imagine the future of watchmaking.

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Michael Young

British industrial designer Michael Young set up his studio in 1993 and rapidly became one of the UK’s most sought-after designers, working on projects spanning interiors, furniture and product design. In 2004, Young moved to Hong Kong to be closer to industry – and it is here that he was invited by a factory owner to design his first watch.

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MMT

Inspired by the pocket watches owned by their grandparents, French brothers Jeremy and Baptiste Guedez wanted to produce a range of timepieces that were nostalgic for the past, but not from the past. A series of timeless, pared-back pocket watches followed that are as popular with middle-aged architects as twenty-something hipsters.

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Mondaine

Mondaine is the company behind one of the most successful designs of the 20th century – Hans Hilfiker’s "Swiss Railways Clock", as it is known, a blueprint that the brand has used to develop several generations of watches loved all over the world. Today Mondaine continues to develop Hilfiker’s original concept in conjunction with a new generation of talent, including young designer Martin Drechsel.

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Nendo

Oki Sato founded Japanese design brand Nendo in 2002. Since then, the business has turned its hand to everything from furniture, shoes, tableware and interiors to clothing and packaging – for brands including Cappellini, Moroso, Camper and Thonet. Now, it has entered the watch market with two elegant debut ranges.

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ODM

ODM was established in Hong Kong in 1999 to produce watches that are "original, dynamic and minimal" – a mission that gave the brand its name. To help achieve this, the company expanded on its in-house collection by inviting a few high-profile, experimental designers to collaborate: among them, British-born industrial designer Michael Young.

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Orolog

Watch brand Orolog is the creation of Valencia-based Jaime Hayón: one of Europe’s top design talents. Launched in 2013, Orolog’s timepieces combine the heritage of Swiss watch manufacturing with Hayón’s ability to fuse classically modern forms with the decorative and the playful.

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Paulin

In response to the decline of British watchmaking in recent decades, sisters Elizabeth and Charlotte Paulin were moved to act. They founded the watch brand Paulin in 2012, a project the duo says is about "bringing together designing and making, and restarting an industry that’s been dead for generations."

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Pierre Junod

Pierre Junod comes from a long line of watchmakers based in Bienne, Switzerland, and has been designing and manufacturing watches with his wife Danuta since 1993. Pierre Junod has collaborated with leading designers and brands since the 1980s, producing watches with Alessi, Georg Jensen and Michael Graves.

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Projects

Projects was founded with the intention of introducing the American public to the best international designers and architects. With a back catalogue of watches by design luminaries including Michael Graves, Moshe Safdie and Coop Himmelb(l)au, Projects continues this tradition with new timepieces by Italian designer Denis Guidone.

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Rosendahl

When the Modernist Danish architect and industrial designer Arne Jacobsen designed a building, he didn’t just develop the exterior, he designed everything in it – including the clocks. Following the architect’s death in 1971, Danish homeware brand Rosendahl collaborated with the architect’s former employee Teit Weylandt to develop a series of wristwatches using clock designs from several buildings Jacobsen designed.

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Shore Projects

Hampshire-based Shore Projects was established in 2014 to create timepieces that would be as suited to a day in the office as a trip to the beach. Inspired by the founders’ childhoods spent by the seaside, Shore Projects’ vintage designs embody the charm of Britain's coasts.

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Simpl

Alisa Kittipong and Tanachpak Warrnissorn founded Thailand-based watch brand Simpl in 2014. Its first collection is based on ideas of simplicity and minimalism, and includes the Simpl Regal, Simpl Amber, Simpl Gravity, Simpl Monochrome and Simpl Classic.

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Skagen

Founded in 1989, Skagen is a lifestyle accessories brand based in Denmark. Husband and wife team Henrik and Charlotte Jorst started the company to fill what they believed to be a gap in the watch industry for affordable, quality designs.

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squarestreet

Launched in 2010 by Swedish designer Alexis Holm, lifestyle brand Squarestreet’s watch Minuteman takes an unorthodox approach to timekeeping. According to Holm, instead of knowing the exact second of every minute, the one-handed Minuteman invites the wearer to "casually glance at your watch and instead say: 'Oh, it's about quarter past three.'"

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TID

TID – a new Stockholm-based design brand – is Swedish for 'time', and fittingly, the company’s first product is a timepiece. Designed by award-winning Swedish design studio Form Us With Love and TID co-founder Petrus Palmér, the watch is designed to resist the effects of time on style and taste and be "something timeless".

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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 – but hasn’t, until recently, designed a watch. The Block Watch, launched in 2012, is the brand’s debut timepiece.

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TSOVET

Californian watch brand Tsovet was launched in 2008 by David Bonaventura. Although the brand now boasts a catalogue of more than 20 ranges, Bonaventura says the brand's distinct identity was first inspired by a vintage Russian military dive watch.

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Uniform Wares

Uniform Wares was founded in 2009 by young entrepreneurs Oliver Fowles and Patrick Bek, who met while studying product design together. "The aim was to produce a range of products that were part of your everyday uniform, which is where the name Uniform Wares came from," explains Bek.

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VOID

Launched in 2008, Void is the brainchild of Swedish-born, Hong Kong-based designer David Ericsson. Originally launched as a side project, the company now employs half a dozen full-time staff and boasts an extensive range of products. All of Void’s watches share the same pared-back aesthetic – a nod to Ericsson’s Scandinavian heritage.

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Ziiiro

Hong Kong-based brand Ziiiro builds its watches to a company philosophy of "zero buttons, zero loose parts, zero numbers". The brand’s fantastical designs use experimental graphics to rethink the way that time can be expressed.

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