Baroque Access finds out all about the New Track Watch Collection for men from British fashion designer Paul Smith
Not many people know this, but British icon Paul Smith, famous for both his men’s and women’s collections, was a keen cyclist in his youth. He started his fashion journey at just 16, working at a clothing warehouse in England, a time when he aspired to become a professional racing cyclist.
Forty years later, the famous British designer has made his impact on the world of fashion. But he hasn’t forgotten his passion for cycling, and it is evident in his latest watch collection, entitled ‘Track’ for which Smith draws on cycling for his inspiration. The iconic watch collection not only reflects the designer’s personal love of cycling, but the watches themselves have been designed to reflect those velodrome stop watches that are used to keep time in cycling races. In fact, the styling is similar to that of a stop watch. The entire new collection of Track timepieces may be fashion-forward, but their roots are in the sport of cycling.
Paul Smith has become one of London’s most celebrated fashion brands, and there is no doubt that the new watch collection will be snapped up by those fashion aficionados who covet the designer’s sense of style. This latest watch collection is minimalist in design and combines chic and sport effortlessly, with subtle specks of color and a deep red second hand reminiscent of those found on stop watches. It effortlessly combines the designer’s signature panache and his penchant for luxury sports equipment.
Simple and clean in aesthetic, the watch mechanics are equally notable. The watch is slim in structure, with a 41mm case inside of which is a three-hand movement. The watch comes in a choice of blue, silver and black and there is a stunning selection of straps and bracelets to choose from, offering both the sporty and the fashion-conscious something they will be proud to wear on their wrists. They can select from stainless steel to rose gold, and everything in between, in a range of straps that are both modern and masculine. There is also a selection of black or brown leather straps to add sophistication and a typically British gentlemanly touch.
Paul Smith is no stranger to cycling; in fact he worked on a collection of cycle clothing a few years ago, and even designing the iconic maglia rosa pink jersey for the Giro d’Italia. His company also launched its own range of cycling gear a while back, which included jackets, tops and shorts.