Timex has enlisted British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn to create a new watch dubbed “Referee.” The timepiece is inspired by the golden era of British football in the 1950s. In the 1950s, football teams and their players were heroes to the likes of Nigel Cabourn. For his second collaborative watch with Timex, the designer takes references from referee watches used at the time to create this new 1950s-style piece.
Its simplistic design features a standout football function — three-quarters of the dial is color-blocked in red, signifying 45 minutes: half of a match’s playing time. Retro-themed branding is placed top-center inside the dial, which sports a contrasting cream hue. Bold numbers decorate the dial and consist of both hours and minutes for necessary timekeeping during a football game.
Its case is made from MK1 40mm stainless steel and houses the domed acrylic crystal face. The rear features etched co-branding and the watch comes with an interchangeable strap, allowing the wearer to change between a slip-thru style strap featuring the football colors of claret and blue, or opt for a classic black S.B. Foot Tanning Co. leather strap.
The watch is presented in an Army mending kit package — similar to his first Timex piece — and is priced at £139 GBP (approx. $176 USD). It can be purchased from retailers such as END.Clothing, as well as at the Nigel Cabourn Army Gym London in Covent Garden, online at www.cabourn.com and Cabourn stores in Japan and Asia.
For more collaborative timepieces, check out the BEAMS x Seiko Prospek Fieldmaster.