Uniform Wares

Uniform Wares were established in 2009 by Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles, a couple of cool thirty-something Brits who met as students at Buckingham Chilterns University College. Read more.

 

Their distinctive and decidedly British watches are inspired by mid-twentieth century factory clocks of the kind made by Smiths or the G.P.O. Simple, clean designs with a strongly utilitarian element, they initially had a vocal but cult following - but with a six figure turnover the appeal of Uniform Wares timepieces seems currently to be on the brink of turning viral. Our advice would be to get to the head of the pack and get one now. Alternatively, they make great, surprisingly affordable gifts. Although designed in Britain, Uniform Wares have an internationalist approach to sourcing the very best components. Their Calf leather straps are made in Germany from individually selected Italian hides, and the jewelled mechanisms are Swiss-made. They have hardened mineral lenses and the steel cases have a non-corrodible PVD ( or Physical Vapour Deposited) coating that is 2.5 microns thick. Solidly made with an accuracy of + or - 10 seconds a month, what really makes these watches is their minimal but sophisticated appearance. Age-less and beyond fashion, ultra sleek Uniform Wares watches look as good with a crisp contemporary suit as they do with designer casual wear. Beks and Fowles originally designed a number of small but personal products - belts, pens, wallets - that came together to form the individual armoury of a daily uniform to deal with contemporary living (hence Uniform Wares) before their decision to specialise in watch-making. Their simple, modern but classical designs are about appearance and necessity - and the combination of both as the necessity of appearance. Collectible and certainly covetable, these stylish dress watches are taking the world of horology by storm. Their use of colour and texture combinations is striking and individualistic, without ever being loud or garish; and they beautifully balance form and function, quietly announcing the wearer’s commitment to taste and style. Close.

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