Time After Time With Tom Ford
Want to spend a day with Tom Ford? In time for watch number two, Mr. Ford clocks in.
First came the 001, a simple yet sturdy kick-off to the Tom Ford watch collection. The follow-up timepiece, naturally dubbed 002, features a new, circular auto- matic dial and a virtually limitless range of case and strap combinations, from 38- or 34-millimeter 18k gold to hand-braided or pebbled grain leather. Embodying the unisex piece’s versatility and strength are fresh V faces Akiima and Roan, along with a few words from the watch’s always-on-time eponym, Tom Ford.
V Walk us through a day in your life.
TOM FORD I wake up every day around 5:00 am, and, like most, I check my emails. I make myself coffee, work out for about 45 minutes on the treadmill, followed by a bath, until my son Jack gets up. After I drop him off at school, I’ll go straight to the office. But I’m always sure to be home by 6:00 pm to [join him for] dinner and put him to bed. Then we either have friends over or go out for dinner. I’m in bed by 11:30.
V Do you find an awareness of time—in terms of time management or awareness of time passing—to be limiting or beneficial to your productivity?
TF I am and always have been aware of time, and of the finite time we have in life.
V Working in fashion, how do you live in the moment?
TF I live in the future. This is one of the tough things about fashion: We are always living a year in advance. I am working on the collections for 2020 now. This can make it hard to stay focused on the present and to live in the moment.
V Is there a certain era you wanted 002 to evoke?
TF I hope that it is an entirely contemporary watch. The function of the strap and the ease with which it can be switched is particularly modern. I find the simple and straightforward [to be] modern, as all of us lead such hectic lives. Devices have become so over- complicated that simplicity is often the new luxury.
V If you were to take an entire workday off tomorrow, what would you do with the free time?