Cox Architecture has collaborated with Australian start-up Melbourne Watch Company to create a wrist watch inspired by Melbourne.
The design of the timepiece reflects “the character and structure of Melbourne.” The proportions of the watch face are inspired by the relationship between the shape of the oval and forms of the grand stands at Melbourne Cricket Ground, redeveloped in 2006 by a consortium of architects including Cox Architecture, Jackson Architecture, Tompkins Shaw and Evans Architects, HOK and Hassell.
The watch will feature a third hand which “keeps track of home time for when we travel,” a spokesperson for Cox Architecture told ArchitectureAU.
The collaboration is similar to American company Projects Watches which, since 1992, have commissioned a series of watches designed by architects including Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Coop Himmelblau and Thom Mayne of Morphosis. Architect Frank Gehry has also designed a watch for Fossil.
The watch is still in development and is slated for release in the third quarter of 2017. Cox Architecture is investigating materials such as bluestone and brushed bronze for the fabrication of the watch.