"I pre-dated the trend for large watches
by about a decade" - Marc Newson

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In this next movie in our series filmed with Marc Newson in his London studio he tells us about the watches he's designed, including the first ones that he built himself in the late 1980s. Update: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12.

"I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade," says Marc Newson

Flicking through a proof of his new book for publishers Taschen, Newson shows a 1:1 image of a model from 1986 that's as big as his fist, saying "I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade."

"I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade," says Marc Newson

Newson also talks about jewellery he's designed, the huge glass Atmos clocks powered by tiny changes in temperature (above) and the hourglass full of ball-bearings that was his last product for the Ikepod watch brand he founded (below).

"I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade," says Marc Newson

See all our stories about Marc Newson here, including more movies in this series.

"I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade," says Marc Newson

Called Marc Newson – Works, the book comes out in September.

"I pre-dated the trend for large watches by about a decade," says Marc Newson

If you're fond of designer watches, check out our curated collection on www.dezeenwatchstore.com.

  • sam

    I came up with the idea for the iPod video, I emailed Apple the idea. They obviously used it and I get nothing in return. I send a strongly worded email to Apple threatening to sue them etc, but to no avail. Later they steal my idea for the iPod Touch. It’s hard being such an innovator.

  • Waney Edge

    I’d like to own a large, phallus-shaped watch, powered by Marc Newson’s modesty. I doubt it would keep good time.

  • http://tony-fromhere.blogspot.fr/ tony harding

    Extraordinary that he would want to take credit for such a crude and vulgar overblown idea – but perhaps it’s merely a question of character?

  • joh

    For a designer it’s probably not best practice to point out how “out of touch” you have been. A decade is not “pre-dating”. A decade is out of touch in my opinion.

    And I agree with Waney – what a SILLY thing to want credit for anyways… a crude stylistic gesture… not even an actual progression in design or technology.

  • Paep

    What would be good to understand is that it was just an innocent comment, not a pushy statement. I think it was unnecessary to use it as the headline.

  • koopapoopas

    Wasn’t the POP Swatch also out in the 80s?

    That was a large watch.

  • Arjay Cee

    He hasn’t pushed one atom in a direction that I would want to own.