Apparently, Tom Ford does not just make elegant and classic clothes: the fashion designer also crafts timeless timepieces for the modern connoisseur. And now, three years after it launched, the Tom Ford Timepieces has released its newest collection, the N°003.
This new collection builds on the company’s 2018 move into horology with a sporty rethink of the clean form of the first designs. The new pieces, available in polished stainless steel with a black, white or chrome coloured dial, epitomises clean simplicity: its uncluttered dial eschews numerals and indexing in favour of a minimalist face while its rectangular style measures in at a compact 31.5mm x 53mm in size.
“The N°003 exemplifies the craftsmanship and simplicity I was looking for in the next evolution of Tom Ford Timepieces,” Ford says. “I wanted to bring the focus back to the elegance of the watch face by stripping back the numerals and emphasising the clean, sophisticated design.”
An easy strap-change system invites personalisation, with customers able to choose from more than 50 straps, from braided, pebbled grain and stitched leathers to alligator, pony hair, calf and woven grosgrain. The straps, slotting into the case, are effortlessly changed and make a chic complement to the classic timepiece design.
But beyond being exquisitely elegant, the new collection also focuses on a good cause. Just like last year’s Ocean Plastic Timepiece collection, the N°003 was made entirely from plastic collected from the ocean, the coastline and uncontrolled landfill to the equivalent of 35 bottles of plastic waste. Carefully considered details ensured that it contained no virgin plastics while the material’s journey to Switzerland was a carbon-neutral one, with its creation process once there powered by solar energy. For every 1,000 timepieces sold, 490lb of plastic is permanently removed from the ocean.
To coincide with the launch, Tom Ford partnered with 52HZ for the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize, which seeks a replacement for thin-film plastic bags. The winning submission will be announced in 2022, and the winner will work together with the Tom Ford team to make their product available to the public as early as 2025.