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Tom Ford Watches - The Man Behind The Brand
In recent years, the name of Tom Ford watches has become synonymous with fashion and culture. With forays into all types of designing business, Tom Ford and his eponymously named brand have been pioneering the world of fashion and accessories. Yet, there happens to be a long story behind the man and his genius.
After growing up in Houston, Texas, and Sante Fe, New Mexico, Tom Ford finally moved to New York City for college. A period of dropping in and out of colleges followed; however, Ford eventually graduated from The New School with a degree in architecture, even though he had spent a significant part of his last college year studying fashion.
While he was never formally trained in designing and fashion, Ford persuaded designer Cathy Hardwick to give him a job in her sportswear company. Eventually, Tom Ford ended up working for Italian brand Gucci, designing their women’s ready-to-wear line. Ford’s rise through the company ranks was meteoric, and so was the success that followed. He was made the design director of Gucci in 1992, followed by another promotion to the brand’s creative director post in 1994. Gucci soon became the go-to luxury fashion label for celebrities and stars under Ford’s leadership.
During the 2000 takeover of Yves Saint-Laurent by the Gucci group, Ford took on the additional responsibilities as the creative director of that label. However, his time with Gucci and YSL ended rather abruptly in 2004 after a dispute with the brand’s new owners.
True to his style, Tom Ford took on this new challenge and created the Tom Ford brand with the help of Domenico De Sole, the former CEO of Gucci, who had also resigned in 2004. Since its inception, the Tom Ford Label has been one of the premium fashion brands of our times, with Ford’s perfection and genius reflected in its products.
Venturing Into Watches
The owner of quite a few luxury watches, Tom Ford, prides himself on being a luxury watch collector. Since receiving a Rolex as a gift on his 16th birthday, Ford has been fixated on watches. He still fondly remembers the Cartier Tank, which was his first watch purchase.
Thus, it was only natural for an admirer of watches to venture into the watchmaking business. In early 2017, Tom Ford announced that he would be creating Swiss watches in association with the luxury watch and apparels brand, Shinola. While Ford had initially wanted to side with Swiss brands, he finally chose the American brand Shinola after a positive meeting with the founder of their parent company, Tom Kartsotis. Kartsotis, who owns the Bedrock Manufacturing, which houses Shinola, quickly convinced Ford that they were the right choice. The collections in the Tom Ford watches section are simply characterised as 001, 002, and 003.
Keeping the world waiting for almost a year and a half, the Tom Ford label released its first watch model in 2018. Simply named the Tom Ford 001, the watch blended minimalistic design with classic Swiss watchmaking. With the advantage of customizable dial colour and a variety of strap material (metal, braided and stitched leather, alligator strap, etc.) the popularity of the rectangular watch led to the label releasing its second model, the round Tom Ford 002 wristwatch.
The rectangular Tom Ford 001 with the two-hand timekeeping features a classic range of black and white dials, bordered within a silver, gold, or black colour finishing. These watches are either set on metal bands or on braided leather or alligator strap. Tom Ford 002 comes with a difference. This collection features a wide range of dial colours, from traditional white and black to stylish blue and amber dial colours. The Tom Ford 002 collection is also the company’s first automatic watch collection.
The Dream Of A Sustainable Future
Tom Ford has always been a firm believer in ethical design practices. Echoing this belief, it launched the Tom Ford Ocean Plastic 002 in 2020. With every component of the watch made from recyclable plastic waste from the ocean, this watch marked a pioneering turn to eco-friendly watchmaking.
No wonder Tom Ford watches are on their way to becoming one of the most conscious and environment-friendly brands in the world!
Important Tom Ford Collections
Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
What is special about Tom Ford?
A known fashion brand, Tom Ford stepped inside the watchmaking world with a collection of watches that stand apart from the podium. The watches inside the Tom Ford nametag are elegant and sensuous.
Which are the most popular Tom Ford collections in India?
The most popular Tom Ford collections in India are:
Which are the most popular Tom Ford watches for men in India?
The most popular Tom Ford watches for men in India are:
Which are the most popular Tom Ford watches for women in India?
The most popular Tom Ford watches for women in India are:
Where can I get my Tom Ford watch serviced?
One of the best luxury watch service centres in India is operated by Ethos Watches. Ethos Watch Care | Shop No 118-120, First Floor, Square One Mall, District Center Saket New Delhi - 110017 | Phone: +91 11 4142 1691, +91 93190 95793 | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | URL: https://www.ethoswatches.com/repair-and-service/