Tom Ford’s first Swiss watch enters with a 1970s swagger

Model wearing Tom Ford and the 001 watch
Left, Tom Ford 001 quartz-driven watch with gold case and braided leather strap, £8,490; jacket, £2,460; shirt, £510; trousers, £790, all by Tom Ford. Left, Tom Ford 001 watch with with gold case and braided leather strap. Fashion: Jason Hughes
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Wearing his watch over a shirt cuff was Fiat heir Gianni Agnelli’s trademark during his heady reign as the Rake of the Riviera. So personal was this alpha-male flourish that no one has displayed enough swagger to pull it off since. Enter Tom Ford, who has applied his tastemaker’s eye to his first Swiss-made watch design, a classic rectangular timepiece of such well-considered proportions as to perpetuate Agnelli’s stylistic legacy in a thoroughly modern manner. The arched-back caseback makes it simple to change the strap (there are 50 leather options to choose from, as well as two sizes and four finishes), while proving a snug fit on the wrist – or cuff. §

As originally featured in Precious Index, our Watches & Jewellery supplement (see W*230)

Tom Ford 001 stainless steel case watch with brushed case and calf leather strap

Tom Ford 001 quartz-driven watch with stainless steel brushed case and calf leather strap

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Pebble and Woven straps by Tom Ford

Left, medium Woven strap in orange. Right, medium Pebble strap in navy, both by Tom Ford

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Calf and Alligator straps by Tom Ford

Left, medium Calf strap in light brown. Right, medium Alligator strap in black, both by Tom Ford 

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For more information, visit the Tom Ford website

Caragh McKay is a contributing editor at Wallpaper* and was watches & jewellery director at the magazine between 2011 and 2019. Caragh’s current remit is cross-cultural and her recent stories include the curious tale of how Muhammad Ali met his poetic match in Robert Burns and how a Martin Scorsese Martin film revived a forgotten Osage art.