Historically, a pocket watch came with a chain to attach itself to the wearer's clothing. For the Take Time, Mathieu Lehanneur has taken that idea and tweaked it using modern materials.
Produced by French accessories company Lexon, the watch features a single strap, but the metal chain has been swapped for a piece of elasticated silicone, as has the clasp which is replaced with a large loop.
This allows the strap to be looped on to clothing, bags or other objects. It can also be worn around the wrist by attaching the loop to the watch face.
The combination of the watch's shape and materials were chosen to reference common visual cues seen in traditional watchmaking and re-imagine them for the "Instagram generation", said Lehanneur.
The style of the watch "draws upon the collective psyche' between the pocket watch and the pendulum of Professor Cuthbert Calculus' to finally take a firm grasp of time," added Lehanneur.
The watches come in five colours with a metallic finish including red, black, blue, grey, and an off-white called alu.
Each of the watches features a smooth stainless steel bezel with the crown located at the 12 o' clock mark. The face is polished with the hour, minute and second hands finished in a muted colour that makes it easier to read.
Mathieu Lehanneur has previously designed objects including an air purifier that uses plants to remove toxins released by treated wood and inorganic substances in the home.
Paola Antonelli, curator for architecture and design at MoMa (NY) described Lehanneur as "a champion of the intellectual agility of today's design".
Lexon is a French brand that makes electronics, luggage, travel office and leisure accessories.
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